Chakras and their Use for Growth and Development
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The Psychology of Chakras –
Working on our chakras enhances all of our being.
Below is some information to help you with your own self development when using the chakras:
There are many traditions of healing and spirituality which describe the wheels of energy, also known as the chakras as central to our understanding of ourselves as human beings. Yoga traditions, Vedic scholars and Buddhism all describe their presence. Over 2,900 years ago, the Chakra System as we know it today was established by the First Kundalini Master, Tirthankar Parshvanath. However, recently there has become a resurgence of interest in how we view chakras and their qualities, attributes and characteristics.
Energy healers and medical intuitive such as Barbara Brennan and Carolyne Myss have long since believed that using the energies of chakras, changing their frequency or energetic vibration affects changes at all levels. We can move beyond the physical to the psychological, emotional and spiritual qualities which each chakra holds and is responsible for. This can be a profoundly healing experience, particularly when conscious connection takes place.
We can access our connection to our chakra system physically, such as, by studying yoga and qijong; meditatively by sitting quietly, using visualisation or similar; with body based therapy; and through the use of arts techniques such as music, art and creative writing. All these techniques will enhance your connection to the chakras and begin to affect changes at all levels.
Developing an inner awareness of our chakras and becoming conscious of the meaning that each chakra holds can profoundly alter your awareness at all levels, physically, emotionally, psychologically and spiritually. Chakras hold a special psychology which, if used well and wisely can provide a transformational tool for growth, change and fulfilment.
Below is a brief description of each of the seven main chakras and their links to our psychology, physical and emotional and spiritual growth:
Root chakra – the First Chakra:
The root chakra is at the base of the spine and rules our connection to our bodies, and our sense of belonging within our body, on the earth and in our family or culture. This chakra enables us to have a connection to the sacredness of the earth if it flows freely and gives us energy, health and wellbeing as well as a sense of being able to look after ourselves physically.
Each chakra is also related to a different age and the root chakra relates to the most early development, from birth to about one year old. If insecurity, neglect, either emotionally or physically, and other disruption occurs at this stage, the root chakra will not be able to flow freely and the sense of not belonging, not feeling safe in the world, even not being embodied, can happen.Psychological symptoms could include neuroses, anxieties, fears of becoming ill or dying, feeling vulnerable, feeling ungrounded.
Healing for the root chakra includes contact with nature, physical activities and massage type healing, and direct healing on the cause of the disturbance. There are particular physical exercises which can stimulate the root chakra, particularly kijong type activities.
The element for this chakra is earth and the regular colour is red.
Sacral chakra – the Second chakra :
This chakra is located about two fingers below the naval and is responsible for the sense of relationship, both sexually and lovingly, as well as the sense of relationship to yourself as man or woman. You will have a sense of empowerment and self confidence if this chakra flows well, and have no hesitation in being spontaneous, loving and creative.
This chakra is related to the next year of life, when you as a baby is emerging into the world and relating to others, particularly caregivers. If this phase of life is unsuccessful for any reason, and blockages occur, a person may feel limited in their intimate relations, their sense of being able to achieve or have self confidence, and perhaps limited in their creative selves. Feelings of grief and anger can often be held within this chakra, and psychological symptoms associated with this chakra may include a fear of intimacy, rigid outlooks on life and poor self confidence.
Healing for this chakra can include finding safe ways to explore relationships and intimacy, beginning to express yourself in creative ways that you choose, and finding ways to be more spontaneous. Tai chi and kijung are particularly helpful for this chakra as they focus on the ‘hara’, the other chakra which is linked to this part of the body and is seen as central to the spirit in body ( see..)
Healing the second chakra involves learning to recognize and respond to our wounded “inner child”; uncovering and healing painful memories of abuse or neglect; learning to forgive; and releasing blame and guilt. It means gently finding the courage to open ourselves to emotional intimacy. Often a wise and trusted counsellor or healer can facilitate this process. Learning self-compassion and self-nurturing is key.
The element for this chakra is water and the regular colour is orange.
Solar plexus – the Third chakra :
This chakra is found just where the base of the rib cage meets the upper stomach and its main focus is in developing a full sense of self. The solar plexus is a ruler of self worth, self love, self protection and self determination. It can also be related to a sense of psychic abilities, as it is sometimes used to control the environment around a person when their sense of self development is interrupted at a young age, by abuse, neglect, trauma or similar. These can also lead to low self esteem, disempowerment and over control.
This chakra is related to the early days between the ages of approximately two and four/five years old, when the sense of will, security and care from parents or others are being developed.
Healing the solar plexus comes about through restoring a sense of personal power, self-respect, courage, humility and grace. Learning to identify and respond compassionately to our own painful stories is empowering, as is using love to heal fears. Issues of guilt and shame can be transformed through healing work that nurtures a sense of innate goodness, while awareness of co-creatorship with the Divine instils a sense of power. Finally, becoming aware of the deep spiritual qualities of our own nature helps us to act responsibly and move forward with self-initiative, meaning and purpose.
The element for this chakra is fire and the regular colour is yellow
Heart Chakra – the Fourth chakra:
The heart chakra is central in the body, and located close to the actual heart organ, in the chest. This chakra rules many of the aspects we would anticipate – a sense of love and care which enables healthy relationships, a sense of joy and appreciation of the beauty in life, and a sense of deep love of self and looking after ourselves. Although love is the main keyword therefore, for this chakra, others are compassion, mindful care, and joyful living. The heart chakra is more than just a chakra on its own however – it is the chakra that integrates all the other chakras into a system, and can influence all the other chakras and their responsibilities. By infusing all chakras with the sense of love, joy and compassion, a person can become more of a whole and happy human on this planet, and the other chakras can begin to turn at their correct rate.
The heart chakra relates to the growth of development beyond the ego self, to a sense of community and relatedness to others, which begins around the age of 6/7 years hopefully. If this stage of development is inhibited, perhaps by a lack of safety and security, or limited love, the heart chakra can be underdeveloped. Issues such as lack of compassion, anger, hatred, being overly concerned with self protection, fear of loving too much, grief and heart-ache may all indicate wounding in the heart chakra.
Healing the heart chakra involves paying attention to the wounds held in the lower chakras, learning to love ourselves and creating a sense of love and compassion for others. The gift of forgiveness allows deep healing within the heart chakra – forgiveness both for ourselves and others.
The element for this chakra is air, and the regular colour is green.
Throat chakra– the Fifth chakra:
The throat chakra is located in the throat, mouth and ears and is responsible for our sense of expression, communication, speaking out and being our true selves. It is also the bridge between the upper chakras and the lower chakras, and if blocked or repressed, can inhibit all the upper or lower chakras and their development.
This chakra relates to the early teenage years, beyond the age of about 8 years old, towards adulthood. At this time, a sense of identity is emerging, and if this is blocked or inhibited, it will be limited in its flow. The throat chakra can close if emotions are not fully expressed, if strong feelings have surrounded a young person, leading to their not being able to find their own voice, or if the upbringing is aimed at limiting creative expression.
Healing this chakra involves learning to express ourselves and find ways to release the emotions, repressed creativity and communications which are held within. .
The element for this chakra is ether, and the regular colour is blue
Pineal Chakra – the Third Eye/Sixth chakra:
The pineal chakra is central to the forehead, and is the centre which controls intuition, inner knowing, inner seeing, and discernment. It is also, when highly developed, the centre through which psychic abilities, wisdom and compassion are felt and experienced. It is the place where we develop our “witness consciousness”, the ability to stand back and consciously observe and make choices in our life. It also has some connection to our mental abilities and thought processes.
This chakra relates to the adult stage of growth into conscious awareness and a development of the wider aspects of what it means to be human on the earth. When inhibited by rigidity, fear, or other family or organisational systems which limit the ability to trust, a person can become regimented, negative, have no sense of ‘inner knowing’, and depend on others for their sense of values.
In order to heal this chakra, we first need a willingness to see within ourselves.This includes opening to the truth beyond what we can physically see, and allowing intuition and inner knowing to emerge. It may also involve learning that the current belief systems we have are no longer relevant and opening to new thought processes.
This chakra and the crown chakra relate to spiritual energy and are not therefore related to the every day elements we know. The colour for the pineal is dark indigo.
Crown chakra – the seventh chakra :
The crown chakra is found at the top of the head, normally seen as above our physical skull, central to the crown. As we grow into deeper awareness of our spiritual nature, our energy is drawn increasingly upward in its desire to reconnect to the source of our Being. This process of spiritual awakening or enlightenment is facilitated through opening the crown chakra. Energetically, an open crown chakra appears as light emerging from the top of the head. Artists of all major religious traditions have historically depicted their spiritual teachers surrounded by a halo of light.
The crown chakra indicates the extent to which we are willing to live our lives connected to Spirit or spiritual matters, and living from truth. It allows for inspirational and prophetic thought, mystical connection and devotion, ecstacy, transcendence and liberation from identification with suffering.
The crown chakra rules all aspects of the being which are beyond the everyday, and which connect to the wonders of life, believing in magic, knowing the connection between all living things, and similar. These aspects are not common in our current everyday 21st century. However there are many who have well developed crown chakras who are not particularly religious in the accepted sense, but do have a deep compassionate knowing in the value of the unknown and mystical. Poets and artists can often have well developed crown chakras.
The crown chakra is connected to the root or first chakra, which shows the importance of each layer of the wheels. If a person is not connected either to their everyday self or their mystical, creative self, they will probably have had some past trauma, loss, difficulty which has affected them at all levels. Depression, isolation, serious loneliness and a sense of separation of self can result from the crown chakra being closed.
Healing the crown chakra involves trust, surrender to unconditional love and some exploration of either mystical experiences, meditation, creative expression or similar, which can enhance a sense of connectednesss to life and joy. When the crown chakra is open, all the chakras are open, and it can be a deep source of healing for all chakras.
I hope you have enjoyed learning about the chakras.
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