Welcome to the Introduction to the 7 Chakras for Beginners 🙂 This is a very important topic because it is foundational information that is essentially the glue that binds several future topics and questions together. Thus it helps you understand the things that are ahead on your spiritual journey.
There are more than 7 chakras throughout the body but I’m only covering the 7 chakras for beginners – the main chakras
What Are Chakras?
Chakras are the energy centers of the soul, meaning they facilitate the flow of energy throughout your soul as well as hold energy.
When I was doing research to provide information on this topic, I found practically the same sentence at every source that I visited:
“Chakra” is a Sanskrit word meaning “wheel” or “disc”
You’re probably wondering what Sanskrit is. Well, Sanskrit is an ancient language that came out of India. It shares similarities with Greek and Latin.
So those who spoke this ancient language gave these energy centers a name in their language. Or this is at least the oldest recorded name for these energy centers.
That says a lot about this spiritual practice, doesn’t it? That it is ancient. But why is it not mainstream? Well, we’ll save that discussion for another post.
What do I mean by energy when I say energy centers? Electrical Energy? Nuclear Energy? Nope. There is something called prana – and guess what?
It’s another Sanskrit word that means “breath of life” and is the life force energy I mentioned earlier. Prana surrounds us and everything in the universe entirely. It is the source that creates life in the universe.
Therefore, Chakras facilitate the flow of Prana throughout every part of the spiritual body as well radiate with power.
The amount of energy a Chakra radiates is not really measurable, at least not with any technology we have at the moment.
What Do They Look Like?
Chakras are shaped like pyramids and reside throughout the soul. The Chakras can point in any direction but in the case of the 7 chakras for beginners, they point either up or down.
The 7 main chakras are aligned in the center of your body going from the base of your spine to the top of your head. They all spin to radiate Prana and empower your soul.
This is an energy channel called the sushumna (Hint: another Sanskrit word). It is the main energy channel in your body. This is rightfully so, given that it houses the 7 main chakras 🙂
The main chakras radiate different colors and coincidentally coincide with the colors of the rainbow – red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet.
They can be different shades of their respective color but that means that there is something wrong with the chakra.
Chakra Power and Blockages
What do I mean when I say that there is something wrong with a chakra? Well, there are instances when there is something that is causing a chakra to not function at its peak – a blocked chakra.
It could be any of the following for example:
- something physical that is causing problems in the spiritual body and vice versa
- Example: You neglect to say things that you need to and thus inadvertently affect your throat chakra
- something emotional that is causing problems in the spiritual body and vice versa
- Example: Having sexual hang-ups can negatively affect your sacral chakra
- negative energy that is affecting one or more of your chakras
- Example: You can pick up negative energy from people or places
- your chakra is spinning very slowly or not at all
The goal you want to aim for is to remove any chakra blockages so that you can have a healthy and balanced chakra system.
The 7 Chakras for Beginners
In this introducation to the 7 chakras for beginners, I will start from the first chakra and work my way up to the seventh chakra. This is the more specifc information for each chakra, starting with the Root chakra:
The Root Chakra is at the base of the spine at the perineum – between the anus and genitals. It radiates a vibrant Red color and the tip of the pyramid points upward.
Its Sanskrit name (surprise, surprise) is Muladhara. This chakra is associated with the basic survival instincts and grounding to the Earth.
The Sacral Chakra is in the lower abdomen, below the belly button and points upwards. It radiates a vibrant Orange color and its Sanskrit name is Svadhisthana.
This chakra is associated with sexual pleasure and creativity.
Solar Plexus Chakra
The Solar Plexus Chakra is below the ribcage and points downwards. It radiates a vibrant Yellow color and its Sanskrit name is Manipura. This chakra is associated with the Will and Self-Confidence.
The Heart Chakra is in the center of the chest. It radiates a vibrant Green color and its Sanskrit name is Anahata. There is a lot of information regarding the associations with the Heart Chakra – however, I’m reluctant to fully accept that information.
The information that I find frequently is that the Heart chakra is the center of love, forgiveness, and compassion. I can’t help but cringe when I hear that.
I’m not sure why I cringe at the moment but it happens for a reason so I can’t disregard it.
What I do agree with is that the Heart chakra is a bridge, a connector that connects the energies from our lower chakras to our higher chakras. Do you want to know why?
Because the Heart chakra is not just pyramid-shaped. It is two pyramids halfway intersecting each other. The top pyramid points up while the bottom pyramid points down.
The Throat Chakra is in the throat and also points downwards. It radiates a vibrant Sky Blue color and its Sanskrit name is Vishuddhi. This chakra is associated with the Communication, Emotions, and Creativity.
The Sixth Chakra is at the center of the brain. It points downwards. It radiates a vibrant Indigo color and its Sanskrit name is Ajna. This chakra is associated with Intuition.
Many sources call this the Third Eye Chakra or Brow Chakra, but that is just not true. Remember, I mentioned that there are several other chakras throughout the soul? Well the Third Eye is one of those chakras. It is still important but it is not one of the main 7 chakras.
The Seventh chakra is the Crown Chakra. It is at the top of the head – right above the Sixth Chakra. It radiates a vibrant Violet color and its Sanskrit name is Sahasrara. This chakra is associated with Bliss and Connectedness and points downwards.
Concluding the 7 Chakras for Beginners
So there we have the introduction to the 7 chakras for beginners. This is just the beginning of the road for you, my fellow spiritual journeyman/woman 🙂
Knowing the energy centers of the soul helps you understand where your blockages are centered and thus helps you find a solution to break through those blockages.
Like I stated earlier in the article, achieving a balanced and healthy sushumna is the goal of working with your chakras.