The Chakras are vortices / whirlpools of energy at certain points within the subtle spine
- Besides functioning as control centres the Chakras work as centres of interchange between the physical, astral and causal dimensions.
- As the chakras are activated and awakened the practitioner becomes aware of the higher realms of existence and gains the power to enter those realms and then in turn, to support and give energy to the lower dimensions
Understanding the symbology of the Chakras is not only beautiful it plays an intrinsic part of the awakening process. Each Chakra has a particular colour, mantra, situation and range of experiences.
The Chakras are symbolized by lotus flowers
- The practitioner must pass through three clear stages in spiritual life – which represent existence on three different levels – Ignorance – Aspiration/Endeavour – Illumination
- The lotus also exists on three distinct levels – mud – water – air
- It sprouts in the mud (ignorance) – grows up through the water in an effort to reach the surface (aspiration and endeavour) – and eventually reaches the air and the light of the sun (illumination)
- The lotus symbolises the practitioner’s growth from the lowest state of awareness to the higher states of consciousness.
- The culmination of that growth is a beautiful flower and the practitioners awakening and blossoming of human potential
So each of the principle Chakras can be visualised as a lotus flower with a specific colour and number of petals
- Mooldhara – four petalled deep red lotus
- Swadhisthana – six petalled vermillion lotus
- Manipura – ten petalled bright yellow lotus
- Anahata – twelve petalled blue lotus
- Vishuddhi – sixteen petalled violet lotus
- Ajna – two petalled silver grey lotus
- Sahasrara – one thousand petalled multicoloured or red lotus
In many practices we are asked to concentrate or focus our attention at a certain Chakra. This can be very difficult if sensitivity is not built so a Kshetram or trigger point is used.
Kshetrams are located on the front surface of the body. They can be considered as reflections of the original Chakra – when concentration is held at the trigger point a sensation or message is passed to the Chakra itself.
- Mooladhara does not have a Kshetram at the front of the body – instead we can take our awareness to the tailbone or to the pelvic floor
- Swadhisthana Kshatram – is at the level of the pubic bone
- Manipura Kshetram – is at the navel
- Anahata Kshetram – is in the centre of the chest in line with the heart
- Vishuddhi Chakra – is at the pit of the throat
- Ajna Chakra – is at the eyebrow centre