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The Heart Chakra
The Heart Chakra (Anahata) is located in the physical area of the heart in the body. The color of this chakra is universally depicted as green, however some people will say that pink is an accepted color also. This color results from the combining of the root chakra at the lowest level and uses white as the crown chakra color instead of the more common violet to make the color pink. This also goes along with the belief that the heart chakra serves to balance the lower 3 chakras with higher 3 chakras.
With the color of pink the gemstone most often associated with the heart chakra is the Rose Quartz, however peridot can also be used to balance this chakra. The Endocrine gland associated with the heart chakra is the thymus. This gland, although technically part of the endocrine system is more often related to the immune system since it is where the cells that help us fight infections, namely T cells, mature. This gland is also a regulator/balancer as we grow to help us to fight off sickness and to build up our immune system as we grow.
The central issue of the Heart Chakra is love and relationships. It is where we build up our self acceptance through balance, compassion and good relationships. Our motives and rights here are to love and be loved and we identify with the social aspects of our lives. Our demon, that which can make us "sick" at this chakra is grief. The loss of love or a loved one affects this chakra deeply.
When this chakra is in excess there is codependency, poor boundaries, possessiveness and jealousy. When this chakra is deficient the person may be shy, lonely or isolated. Additional problems when the heart chakra is deficient could be bitterness and a lack of empathy. When the heart chakra is deficient the person may also have a critical nature as love is lacking in their life.
This chakra's main emotions deal with love, relationships and the social aspects of each. It also balances the chakras above and below.
The Solar Plexus Chakra
The Solar Plexus Chakra (Manipura) is located in the area of the naval (belly button). The color of the solar plexus (or stomach) chakra is yellow and its location is at the solar plexus around the area of the navel. It emanates out from the body front and back.
I often refer to this chakra as the stomach chakra but it's true location is at the mass of the small intestine. It is associated with the endocrine system through the pancreas which secretes insulin or glucagon into the blood stream depending on the need for glucose in the body. It is therefore a part of the digestive system as is the small intestine which is where the food the food that we take in is processed and distributed to the cells.
This chakra is a center for processing and orients to our own self-definition with the central issue of power and will. It is our center for vitality, spontaneity and purpose. Our self-esteem lives here. Out "gut" instincts live here as does our ego. We process and act on things in our life from this center. The alter side is that shame also live here.
The element is fire as this is what make a furnace work to process what it is "fed" When this chakra is in excess the person can be dominating, blaming, aggressive and constantly active. A scattered personality exists when this chakra is in excess.
When this chakra is deficient the person will be weak willed, have poor self esteem and be passive, sluggish and fearful. This person may actually obsess on one particular item or thing or thought.
The gemstone most often associated with this chakra is yellow topaz.
Chakras in Balance
So are your Chakras in alignment?
Root - basics - food, home, earth, grounding, stability, safety and security
Sacral - ability to keep a spouse or relationship with another, nurturing, change, passion - procreation
Stomach - Solar Plexus - metabolism, self-esteem, digesting, processing - processing things coming into your life and the communication with self and others
Heart - relationships, love, compassion, caring, content
Throat - communication, listening
Third Eye - Intellect, sight, imagination, visualizing
Crown - a relationship with a higher power, clear thoughts, open-minded
Think about what is going on in your life right now, right this minute. Not went on yesterday or what you think might happen tomorrow - think about what is going on right now. Because that is also what is going on with your chakras. How you feel about each of the items listed for each chakra can tell you about the chakra itself. If there is not balance in any of the areas then that chakra may be the one that needs your attention.
Do a quick self-balancing exercise.
Think about your root chakra and imagine a time when you felt the most secure and grounded. Imagine an amazing family dinner in the comfort and warmth of your family or a time when you were in nature and surrounded by Mother Earth.
Think about your sacral chakra and imagine the best sex you have ever had. Remember the passion and the relationship that made it possible.
Think about your stomach chakra and imagine the best meal that you ever ate or if your job involves the processing of information the most difficult project that you were able to process easily and gain recognition for.
Think about your heart chakra and imagine a loving relationship that you have had with a significant other, a parent or child or even a favorite pet.
Think about your throat chakra and imagine the best conversation that you had with someone where you were able to communicate your thoughts and feelings openly and honestly.
Think about your third eye chakra and use it to imagine and visualize the ability that you have to be intuitive in your daily life and dealings with others.
Think about your crown chakra and think about your spirituality and your relationship with a higher power and how you can connect with the infinite-ness at any time.
How do the Chakras relate to our Endocrine System? And what is the Endocrine System?
First of all, the Endocrine System is one of the major control systems in the human body. The Nervous System is the first and fastest through our large nerve network connected to the brain. But the Endocrine System is also a major player via the use of hormones in our bloodstream. Hormones are the language for cellular communication. There are two types of glands within the body - exocrine and endocrine glands. Exocrine glands have ducts that carry their secretions to specific locations - think sweat glands that carry from the gland itself to the outside of the body. Endocrine glands are ductless glands that release their secretions directly into the bloodstream. It is the Endocrine glands that relate to our Chakras.
To understand their relationship to the Chakras you need to understand some of the general functions of the Endocrine System. They are as follows:
Root Chakra - Adrenal Gland - this gland is situated directly above/on each of our kidneys, just above the level of the Root chakra and is a major player in our fight or flight stress reactions. It also has a small role in the male and female sex hormones.
Sacral Chakra - Ovaries/Testes - these glands are the ones responsible for reproduction and are therefore directly related to the functions of the Sacral Chakra and our need to procreate.
Solar Plexus Chakra - Pancreas - since the Solar Plexus is directly over the stomach/intestine area and has much to do with digestion it is only appropriate that its' gland is the pancreas which has a direct effect on and is affected by what we eat.
Heart Chakra - Thymus - this gland is situated between the lungs behind the heart and is responsible for promoting the development of special immune system cells called T-ymphoctyes which help to fight infection. As such it is also a part of the Lymphatic System in the body, much as the Heart Chakra balances the lower three chakras with the upper three.
Throat Chakra - Thyroid Gland - this gland is in control of our metabolism rate and essential for normal growth and nerve development. It is situated in the throat just below the Adam's apple.
Third Eye Chakra - Pituitary Gland - this gland is two distinct lobes and has a link to the Nervous System through another gland called the Hypothalmus. It is sometimes referred to as the Master Gland since much of the information sent from here in the form of hormones regulates other glands. It sits deep in the brain at a location directly in line with the Third Eye.
Crown Chakra - Pineal Gland - This gland is located near the center of the brain and controls the hormone melatonin which is responsible for sexual development and circadian rhythms such as sleep patterns, hibernation and metabolism. Some shamanic beliefs associate this gland with the connection between the earthly realm and the spirit world.
The Sacral Chakra
The Sacral Chakra (Swadhisthana) is located in the abdomen in the area of the reproductive organs in the low back or hip area and is associated with sexuality. The Scaral Chakra's color is orange and it is represented by a lotus with 6 petals. This chakra is related to our urge to procreate and become partnered with a mate. This is where our emotions and desires reside.
Swadhisthana governs pleasure, sexuality and feelings. It is this chakra that takes us to the next step after we are grounded in the root chakra. With this chakra, which translates as "one's own place" we are then able to procreate and care for others. This chakra emanates out from our body both front and back.
The Sacral Chakra contains our instincts to pro-create and receive pleasure. It's power is in our emotions, desires and sexuality. It is represented by the element of water and has the goals of fluidity, pleasure, healthy sexuality and feeling. This Chakra identifies with anything emotional in life. This is the chakra that is in charge when we are trying to find a mate and procreate so as to keep a part of ourselves going. The fear with this chakra is guilt. The guilt of improper emotions or the guilt of doing something emotionally or sexually that may be taboo within our group or society.
When this chakra is deficient the person will have guilt over things that may or may not involve a guilty feeling. Frigidity, impotence rigidity and emotional numbness may be characteristics seen in individuals with a weak Sacral chakra. Fear of pleasure in all forms may also manifest here with deficiencies. They may also experience rigidity in the form of overly rigid boundaries. They may have no emotional response or an inappropriate lack of response in a given situation.
When this chakra is excessive the person will experience an overly emotional state. They may have poor boundaries or sex addictions and obsessive attachments to people or things that they are emotionally attached too. Their emotional responses may be way out of line for the actual situation.
First of all, what is Kundalini? Wikipedia describes Kundalini as a sleeping, dormant potential force in the human body. It is a component of what is described by many as the "subtle body", that energetic component of who we are outside of the physical. The subtle body consist of nadis (energy channels), chakras (psychic energy centers), prana (subtle cosmic or Universal energy), and bindu(drops of essence or consciousness). The Bindi is a small ornamental dot applied to the forehead of females in Hinduism.
Kundalini is described as being coiled up at the base of the spine and is said to reside in the triangular shaped sacrum bone in three and a half coils.
The Sanskrit adjective kundalin means "circular" and also occurs as a noun for "a snake" meaning that it is coiled and forms circles. As this sleeping or dormant "snake" it resides in all of us as our potential that can be awakened by a Guru or teacher or by spiritual practices like yoga or meditation. As it is awoken it progresses through the different chakras leading to different levels of awakening. This is how they Chakras are related to Kundalini in Hindu tradition.
From the Wikipedia entry for Kundalini I found the following:
In some Hindu traditions, the Kundalini is perceived as the Goddess Shakti (the feminine, creative power), which when awakened will unite with Shiva, the supreme Hindu God, The Destroyer of Evil. The Kundalini, when awakened, will rise up through the central nadi (energy channel) coiling through the individual chakras awakening different levels of consciousness and mystical experience until it reaches Sahasrara (Crown Chakra). This will result in self-actualization or enlightenment. It is said to be the awakening of inner knowledge and brings with it pure joy, pure knowledge and pure love.
The Root Chakra
So this will be my interpretation of the Root Chakra.
The Root Chakra (Muladhara) is located at the base of the spine and is associated with survival. Our Fight or Flight response is under this chakra's control. The Root Chakra's color is red and it is represented by a lotus with four petals. This chakra is related to instinct, security, survival and also to basic human potentiality. Physically, Muladhara governs sexuality, mentally it governs stability, emotionally it governs sensuality, and spiritually it governs a sense of security. It is this chakra that grounds us and gives us stability to stand on our own. It is the chakra that is in control when we go out into the world to make our own way.
The Root Chakra contains our survival instincts and how we relate to our physical body. It's power is primal in nature since it contains our will to survive. Our sexual and aggressive urges including anger, pain and desire are held here. The Kundalini Force resides here. Vitality and regeneration are part of this chakra. It is represented by fire and earth and our ability to be grounded. This chakra emanates down to the earth rather than out from the body. It's element is earth because of the grounding nature of "roots".
Survival and grounding are the root chakra's central issues and it relates to our self preservation with stability, grounding, physical health, prosperity and trust as it's goals. The identity is with self and the physical. It is this chakra that is in charge when we are trying to make a name for ourselves in our chosen field of endeavor or when we first become individuals as children or adolescents. The main adversary of this chakra is fear. Fear of failure, fear of the unknown or fear of being able to succeed.
When this chakra is deficient the person will have fear of things that have no basis for fear, a lack of discipline, be restless, possibly underweight and have a "spaciness" about that. They may be unable to commit or lack the ability to stay focused on one thing for the period of time needed to complete the task.
When this chakra is excessive the person will experience a heaviness or sluggishness. They tend to be obese and may also have hoarding tendencies. They may be obsessive in their materialism and greed since they are overly concerned about having what they need to be stable in their environment.
What are the chakras?
So what are these Chakras that I talk about?
Essentially they are energy centers in the body. They form spinning wheels, or vortexes, that act as conductors to filter energy from the heavens and the earth so that they can combine and act upon the physical body. They are associated with many types of healing therapies and most often with ancient Eastern healing traditions. The ancient Eqyptians would have associated them with aromatherapy and colors, while the early Jewish tradition made this a part of their mystical Kabbalah. Indian Ayurveda uses them as part of their traditions as does the current practice of Japanese Reiki.
I was introduced to the chakras as part of my training in energy balancing through my massage therapy studies. Most people are introduced to them through the Hindu symbols at the top of this page and the associated colors and their placement on the body. They directly mimic the colors of the rainbow in their order as they ascend from the base of the spine to the top of the head: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet, however some teachings use white for the 7th, or crown chakra.
There are associated emotions, gemstones, colors, musical notes and endocrine glands with each of the chakras also. I will take a couple weeks to review what I know and teach about the chakras and the healing energies within each of us.
Let's begin with the chakras themselves; their names, locations and colors.
Root - base of the spine - red
Sacral - pelvis - orange
Solar Plexus/Stomach - abdomen - yellow
Heart - heart/mid-chest - green (sometimes pink)
Throat - center of the neck - blue
Third Eye/Brow - center of the forehead - indigo/purple
Crown/Top of Head - center top of head - violet/white
What does Namaste mean?
Was doing some organizing of files in my home office today and came across something that I had gotten from a yoga instructor when I took some classes in Lake Helen, Florida about 10 years ago. Just thought that maybe you would enjoy knowing the true meaning behind the word that many people speak.
The gesture of Namaste represents the belief that there is a Divine spark within each of us that is located in the heart chakra. The gesture is an acknowledgment of the soul in one by the soul in another. "Nama" means bow, "as"means I, and "te" means you. Therefore, Namaste literally means "bow me you" or "I bow to you".
To perform Namaste, we place the hands together at the heart chakra, close the eyes, and bow the head. It can also be done by placing the hands together in front of the third eye, bowing the head, and then bringing the hands down to the heart. This is an especially deep form of respect. Although in the West the word Namaste is usually spoken in conjunction with the gesture, in India it is understood that the gesture itself signifies Namaste, and therefore, it is unnecessary to say the word while bowing.
We bring the hands together at the heart chakra to increase the flow of Divine love. Bowing the head and closing the eyes helps the mind surrender to the Divine in the heart. one can do Namaste to oneself as a meditation technique to go deeper inside the heart chakra; when done with someone else, it is also a beautiful, albeit quick, meditation.
This information come from Aadil Palkhivala
Paula J Kaprocki, LMT
I am a Licensed Massage Therapist with thoughts, aspirations and opinions - much like any other person on the planet!