The word chakra [chuhk-ruh] translates as “wheel” or “disk” and refers to a spinning sphere of bioenergetics activity, vital energy, or life force. There are many of these life forces located on different parts of our bodies, major and minor chakras. For my purposes, I will be focusing only on the seven major chakra system stacked along the spine, starting at the base (Chakra One) and ending at the crown of the head (Chakra Seven). These main chakras send energy up and down our body and like any transfer system, it can get blocked (deficient) or spring a leak (excess). There are ways of clearing and healing these elements so that the life force can continue to flow, giving us the energy we need to live each day to the fullest and manifest our true selves.
There is a symbol and color associated with chakra. Some people can see the colors, some can visualize them, some can sense or feel the energy vibrations, most of us believe. The intensity or weakness of color or vibration gives a hint to whether the chakra is balanced or not. There are physical manifestations that can indicate whether the chakra is in excess or deficient of energy.
I believe in the soul is made up of the mind, body and spirit/energy. Religion offered me a lot of the theology and spiritual guidance on one level; the belief in Jesus Christ as my Savior and Redeemer. I would hear “use the Atonement” or “the Atonement heals us” but I wanted to know HOW. I knew there was more to learn, a connecting factor that would bring more understanding on how to actually heal myself, the process, the “magic” of the Atonement. It was my despair in a depression cloud that would not lift that lead me to yoga. A journey into healing my mind, body, and spirit; giving me tools that allow me to tap into the power of the Atonement in a new way, a powerful way! I can create my healing. I can create a stronger connection to my Higher Self and my Savior. It is sometimes difficult for me to put into words how I understand this. But that is what I am going to do, learn how to put it into words.
“Integration of mind, body, and energy makes healing possible. It is not enough to merely understand without action or to merely move energy without understanding. It is the integration of these two currents that creates the changes we seek in our lives.” (Judith, Anodea. Eastern Body Western Mind. Berkeley CA: Celestial Arts, 2004)
I invite you to join along, share what you learn and experience. Some of the elements we will explore with each chakra are: purpose, location, color, rights, characteristics of balance/deficiency/excess, physical manifestations, and healing techniques. A lot of the information for healing will come from Anodea Judith & Selene Vega’s book “The Sevenfold Journey: Reclaiming Mind, Body & Spirit Through the Chakras” (Crossing Press, 1993).