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Transcript of Chakras
World Religions 12 Working With
Chakras Chakras in Religion Hinduism Hinduism Continued Buddhism Sounds and Chakras Crystal Healing Meditation Uses Of Chakras What is a Chakra? Introduction to Chakras The Sanskrit word Chakra means "Circle," used in a variety of senses, symbolizing endless rotation of Shakti.
A chakra is an energy centre in your body. The main chakras are associated with glands of the endocrine system of the human body, and lie along the spine.
Blocked energy in our 7 Chakras can often lead to illness, and there’s many different ways to balance them.
Each one of the seven chakras is a given colour and a corresponding crystal. The chakras also correlate to the zodiac signs, elements, sounds, animals, planets and a yoga path. In Tibetan Buddhism they play a pivotal role in completion stage practices, where an attempt is made to bring the subtle winds of the body into the central channel, to realize the clear light of bliss and emptiness, and to attain Buddha hood.
Yoga opens chakras and evokes positive qualities associated with a particular chakra.
Meditation is used to balance the chakras Meditation is a practice in which an individual trains the mind or induces a mode of consciousness, either to realize some benefit or as an end in itself.
"Centering" and "grounding" techniques should be used before beginning these meditations. A grounding technique can be as simple as feeling your connection to the earth and visualizing a root growing from your body into the earth and being focused and present.
These chakra meditations use mudras, which are special hand positions, to open chakras. The mudras have the power to send more energy to particular chakras. To enhance the effect, sounds are chanted. These sounds are from Sanskrit letters. According to the ancients, there are certain vibrations, sounds, that correlate to the different color vibrations of the chakras. The Hindu call them bija or seed sounds. According to Hindu tradition, all of the fifty sounds within the Sanskrit language are contained within the chakras.
When chanted, they cause a resonation in your body that you can feel at the chakra they are meant for.For pronunciation, keep in mind that:
the "A" is pronounced as in "ah,"
the "M" is pronounced as "mng" ("ng" like in "king"). The practitioner places crystals on different parts of the body, often corresponding to chakras, or places crystals around the body in an attempt to construct an "energy grid", which is purported to surround the client with healing energy. According to Hindu literature chakra are nexus points of energy or emanations sent from Brahman. It is believed that this Shakti passes through the third eye on the forehead to lodge in the Sahasrara chakra in the crown of the head. As the Shakti passes down from one chakra point to another it enervates the body and soul, becoming a less spiritual and more physical thing as it does so. This concrete or solid Shakti is then stored in the Muladhara chakra in the base of the spine. By perfecting the forms taught in this series of exercises one may attain a greater consciousness thanks to the blessing of Brahman as well as to unleash the Kundalini coiled and dormant at the base of the spine since the beginning of time. When this happens the Kundalini passes back up through the chakra in reverse order until union with God is achieved when it reaches the Sahasrara.
It is believed that this energy at the base of the spine, which is called Kundalini, accumulates from one incarnation to the next and grants its possessor a great deal of power should it be unlocked. From this belief springs the Tantric and Kundalini forms of yoga. The Buddha Nature Chart is the blueprint of your true identity. The upper figure is your Divine Presence, known as the I AM THAT I AM. Surrounding it is your Causal Body—glorious rainbow-colored spheres composed of primordial substance co-mingled with virtuous momentums of energy accrued over many lifetimes.
The middle figure is the mediator, the teacher, the one who communicates the holiness and love-wisdom of God to your soul, exemplified in great masters such as Gautama Buddha, Kuan Yin, Confucius, Krishna and Jesus.
The lower figure represents the evolving soul personality bathed in violet light, the seventh-ray action of transmutation and spiritual alchemy. The white ray of light, known as the crystal cord or silver cord, descending from your Divine Presence through the mediator and anchored in the threefold flame within your heart, connects you with your Divine Source.
The cylinder of shimmering pure radiance descending from your Presence and surrounding the lower figures is called the crystal-diamond tube of light, which you can invoke daily for your protection and empowerment. Origin The earliest mention of Chakras appears to come from the Vedas that form the Hindu scriptures.
While breath channels (nāḍis) of yogic practices had already been discussed in the classical Upanishads, it was not until the eighth-century Buddhist Hevajra Tantra and Caryāgiti, that hierarchy of chakras were introduced. The Seven Main Chakras Muladhara: Root Chakra Represents our foundation and feeling of being grounded.
Astrological Sign: Capricorn (December 22th-January 20) and Aquarius (January 21-February 19).
Planet: Saturn, Secondary Uranus.
Seat of: Physicality.
Color Associated: Red.
Endocrine Gland: Gonads.
Physical Association: Kidneys, excretion, spine.
Psychological Function: Quantity of physical energy and the will to live.
Emotional Issues: Survival issues such as financial independence, money, and food.
Associated Emotions: Fear, obsessive/compulsiveness, protectiveness.
Spiritual Life Lesson: Lessons related to the material world.
Malfunction: weight problems, hemorrhoids, degenerative arthritis, knee troubles, sciatica.
Petal Sounds:Vang, Shang, Kshang, Sang
Animals:Elephant, ox, bull
Yoga Path:Hatha yoga
Minerals:ruby, bloodstone, garnet
Deities:Brahma, Dakini, Ganesha, Kubera, Uma, Lakshmi, Prisni, Gaia, Persephone, Erda, Ereshkigal, Anat, Ceridwen, Geb, Hades, Pwyll, Dumuzi, Tammuz, Atlas.
Swadhisthana: The Sacral Chakra Our connection and ability to accept others and new experiences.
Astrological Sign: Sagittarius(November 23-Decemeber 21) and Pisces(February 20- March 20).
Planet: Jupiter, Secondary Neptune.
Seat of: Creativity.
Color Associated: Orange-Red.
Endocrine Gland: Adrenals.
Physical Association: Sexual reproduction, Hormonal balance.
Psychological Function: Quantity of sexual energy. Quantity of love; giving and receiving physical, mental and spiritual pleasure.
Emotional Issues: Sense of abundance, well-being, pleasure, sexuality.
More on Sacral Chakra healing.
Associated Emotions: Desire, jealousy.
Spiritual Life Lesson: Lessons related to sexuality, work and physical desire.
Malfunction: impotence, frigidity, uterine, bladder, or kidney trouble, stiff lower back.
Bija Sound: Vang.
Petal Sounds: Bang, Bhang, Mang, Vang, Rang, Lang.
Animals: Makara, fish, sea creatures.
Yoga Path: Tantra yoga.
Incense: Orris root, gardenia, damiana.
Minerals: Carnelian, moonstone, coral.
Deities: Indra, Varuna, Vishnu, Rakini, Diana, Jemaya, Tiamat, Mari, Conventina, Poseidon, Lir, Ganymede, Dionysius, Pan.
Concentrate on the Sacral chakra at the sacral bone (on the lower back).
Chant the sound VAM.
Manipura: The Solar Plexus Chakra Our ability to be confident and in-control
of our lives.
Astrological Sign: Scorpio (October 23- Novemeber 22) and Aries (March 21-April 20)
Planet: Mars, Secondary Pluto.
Seat of: Rationality.
Color Associated: Yellow.
Endocrine Gland: Pancreas.
Physical Association: Stomach, digestive system, spleen, Heat regulation and control, Endocrine digestive processes, Sugar/insulin metabolism.
Psychological Function: Pleasure and expansiveness, spiritual wisdom, and consciousness of the connectedness of all things. Healing and intentionality toward one's health.
Emotional Issues: Self-worth, self-confidence, self-esteem.
Associated Emotions: Warmth, nurturing, fiery nature.
Spiritual Life Lesson: Lessons related to ego, personality and self-esteem.
Malfunction: ulcers, diabetes, hypoglycemia, digestive disorders
Petal Sounds:Dang, Dhang, Rlang, Tang, Thang, Dang, Dhang, Nang, Pang, Phang
Yoga Path: none associated
Incense:dragon's blood, sandalwood, saffron, musk, cinnamon, ginger
Minerals:yellow citrine, topaz, amber, rutilated quartz
Deities:Agni, Surya, Rundra, Likini, Ra, Apollo, Helios, Athene, Brigit, Amaterasu, Belenos, Apis
To Open: Put your hands before your stomach, slightly below your solar plexus. Let the fingers join at the tops, all pointing away from you. Cross the thumbs. It is important to straighten the fingers.
Concentrate on the Navel chakra located on the spine, a bit above the level of the navel.
Chant the sound RAM. Ajna: The Brow Chakra Our ability to focus on and see the big picture Astrological Sign: Cancer (June 22-July 22).
Element: Divine Water.
Seat of: Mysticism.
Color Associated: Violet or Purple.
Endocrine Gland: Pituitary.
Physical Association: The sense of smell, Brain, eyes, nose, ears.
Psychological Function: Capacity to visualise and understand mental concepts. The ability to carry out ideas in a practical way.
Emotional Issues: Intuition, imagination, wisdom, ability to think and make decisions.
Associated Emotions: Imagination, idealism, love.
Spiritual Life Lesson: Lessons related to mind, intuition, insight and wisdom.
Malfunction: blindness, eyestrain, blurred vision, headaches, nightmares
Bija Sound: Aum
Petal Sounds: Hang, Kshang
Yoga Path: Yantra yoga
Incense: mugwort, saffron, star anise, acacia
Minerals: star sapphire, lapis lazuli, quartz
Deities: Shakti Hakini, Krishna, Paramasiva, Isis, Themis, Apollo, Iris, Morpheus, Tara, Hecate, Belenos
Anahata: The Heart Chakra Our ability to love Astrological Sign: Libra(September 23-October 22) and Taurus(April 21- May 20).
Seat of: Harmony.
Color Associated: Green or Pink.
Endocrine Gland: Thymus.
Physical Association: Heart, blood circulation, lung, respiration, the immune system, thymosin hormones, touch/sensation.
Psychological Function: Openness to life and heart feelings of love for other human beings. Ego, and will toward the outer world.
Emotional Issues: Love, joy, inner peace.
Associated Emotions: Love, compassion, protective instincts.
Spiritual Life Lesson: Lessons related to love, forgiveness and compassion.
Malfunction: asthma, high blood pressure, heart disease, lung disease
Bija Sound: Yang
Petal Sounds: Kang, Khang, Gang, Ghang, Yong, Cang, Chang, Jang, Jhang, Uang, Tang, Thang
Animals: antelope, birds, dove
Yoga Path: Bhakti yoga
Incense: yarrow, jasmine, lavendar, orris root, meadowsweet, marjoram
Minerals: emerald, jade, rose quartz
Deities: Vishnu, Krishna, Lakshmi, Kama, Isvara, Vayu, Aditi, Urvasi, Eros, Freyja, Maat, Aphrodite, Isis, Aeolus, Shu, Asclepius, Pan, Dian Cecht
Vishuddha: The Throat Chakra Our ability to communicate Astrological Sign: Virgo(August 23-September 22) and Gemini (May 21-June 21).
Element: Divine Air.
Seat of: Peace.
Color Associated: Blue or Indigo.
Endocrine Gland: Thyroid.
Physical Association: Vocal chords, pulmonary and bronchial systems, nervous systems.
Psychological Function: Taking in and assimilating. Sense of self within society and profession.
Emotional Issues: Communication, self-expression of feelings, the truth.
Associated Emotions: Honesty and dishonesty, criticism.
Spiritual Life Lesson: Lessons related to will and self-expression.
Malfunction: sore throat, stiff neck, hearing problems, thyroid problems, colds
Bija Sound: Hang
Petal Sounds: Ang, Äng, Ing, Ïng, Ung, Üng, Ring, RÏng, Lring, LrÏng, Eng, Aing, Ong, Aung, Ang, Ahang
Animals: elephant, bull, lion
Yoga Path: Mantra yoga
Incense: frankincense, mace, benzion
Minerals: aquamarine, celestite, turquoise
Deities: Saravati, Ganga, the Muses, Nabu, Brigit, Apollo, Hermes, Seshat
Sahasrara: The Crown Chakra The highest Chakra represents our ability to be fully connected spiritually.
Astrological Sign: Leo (July 23- August 22).
Element: Divine Fire.
Seat of: Spirituality.
Color Associated: White or Gold.
Endocrine Gland: Pineal.
Physical Association: Malfunctions of the pituitary gland.
Psychological Function: Integration of total personality with life, and the spiritual aspects of mankind.
Emotional Issues: Inner and outer beauty, our connection to spirituality, pure bliss.
Associated Emotions: Emotional imbalance.
Spiritual Life Lesson: Lessons related to spirituality.
Malfunction: inability to learn, confusion, apathy, alienation, depression, boredom
Yoga Path: Jnana yoga, meditation
Incense:lotus, gotu kola
Deities:Shiva, Varuna, Ama-kala, Zeus, Odin, Nut, Enki, Inanna, Mimir, Ennoia.