What are the Chakras? How are they helpful?
By understanding the chakras, we understand how energy is processed as a human. The chakras affect our thoughts, feelings, perceptions, and projections. They are also centers of awareness. Chakra work can resolve psychological inflictions such as stress, anxiety, and depression. Clearing blockages within specific chakras helps the energy flow and circulate throughout our mind, body, and spirit, leading to enhanced peace and happiness.
In Sanskrit, chakra means wheel. Chakras were developed within Hinduism, however, they also correspond within the Christian Sacraments and the Tree of Life within the Jewish Kabbalah.
In the physical body, working with and aligning our chakras helps balance the endocrine system. The endocrine system consists of glands that maintain homeostasis (balance and harmony) in the body by secreting different hormones into the bloodstream. Hormones regulate various functions of the body: metabolism, growth and development, tissue function, basic body functioning, sleep and mood. There are glands associated with each of the seven major chakras in the body.
There are hundreds of chakras in the body, however there are seven primary ones. Each is a pool of energy that has a specific purpose and a specific type of emotional blockage. The first three are known to be chakras of the outer world of manifestation and the upper chakras of the inner world of manifestation.
1st Chakra - The Root Chakra, deals with survival and is blocked by fear.
2nd Chakra - The Sacral Chakra, deals with pleasure and is blocked by guilt.
3rd Chakra - The Solar Plexus Chakra, deals with will power and is blocked by shame.
4th Chakra - The Heart Chakra, deals with love and is blocked by grief.
5th Chakra - The Throat Chakra, deals with truth and is blocked by lies we tell ourselves.
6th Chakra - The Third Eye Chakra, deals with insight and is blocked by illusion.
7th Chakra - The Crown Chakra, deals with pure cosmic energy and is blocked by earthly attachments.
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