The human body contains hundreds of locations
where there is focused and concentrated energy. There are, however, seven major
energy centers, commonly referred to as "chakras." Chakra is a
Sanskrit word which means "wheel." The chakras are similar to wheels
in that they are spinning vortexes of energy. They are centers of force located
within our etheric body, through which we receive, transmit, and process life
The main purpose in working with and
understanding the chakras is to create integration and wholeness within
ourselves. Ultimately, we begin to recognize that the various aspects of
ourselves all work together, and that each aspect is as much a part of the
whole as the others.
Each chakra in the body is recognized
as a focal point for life-force relating to spiritual, physical, emotional, and
mental energies. The chakras are the network through which the mind, body, and
spirit interact as one holistic system. The seven major chakras correspond to
specific aspects of our consciousness and have their own individual
characteristics and functions. Each has a corresponding relationship to one of
the various glands of the body's endocrine system, as well as to one of the
seven colors of the rainbow spectrum.
The chakras are doorways for our
consciousness through which emotional, mental, and spiritual force flow into
physical expression. They are openings through which our attitudes and belief
systems enter into and create our mind/body structure. The energy created from
our emotional and mental attitudes runs through the chakras and is distributed
to our cells, tissues and organs. Understanding this brings tremendous insight into
how we ourselves affect our bodies, minds, and circumstances for better or for
To understand the chakras and their relationship to our consciousness,
is to better understand ourselves. Understanding ourselves will enable us to
make our choices and decisions from a place of balance and awareness, rather
than being blindly influenced by forces we do not understand.
Detailed Chakra Information
FIRST CHAKRA: ROOT or BASE CHAKRA
LOCATION : Base of the spine (coccyx)
COLOR : Red (secondary color is black)
ELEMENT : Earth
FUNCTIONS : Gives vitality to the physical body. Life-force survival,
GLANDS/ORGANS : Adrenals, kidneys, spinal column, legs bones.
QUALITIES/LESSONS: Matters relating to the material world, success. The
physical body, mastery of the body. Grounding, individuality, stability,
security, stillness, health, courage, patience.
NEGATIVE QUALITIES: Self-centered, insecurity, violence, greed, anger.
SECOND CHAKRA: NAVEL CHAKRA (Sacral Plexus)
LOCATION: Lower abdomen to navel area
COLOR : Orange
ELEMENT : Water
FUNCTIONS: Procreation, assimilation of food, physical force and vitality,
GLANDS/ORGANS: Ovaries, testicles, prostrate gland, genitals, spleen, womb,
QUALITIES/LESSONS: Giving and receiving, receiving, emotions, desire, pleasure,
sexual/passionate love, change, movement, assimilation of new ideas. Health,
family tolerance, surrender. Working harmoniously and creatively with others.
NEGATIVE QUALITIES: Over-indulgence in food or sex. Sexual difficulties.
Confusion, purposelessness. Jealousy, envy, desire to possess.
THIRD CHAKRA: SOLAR PLEXUS
LOCATION: below the breastbone and behind the stomach.
COLOR: Golden Yellow.
FUNCTIONS: It is the center of personal power, ambition, intellect, astral
force, desire, and emotions based on intellect and touch.
GLANDS/ORGANS: Pancreas, liver, digestive tract, stomach,
liver, spleen, gall bladder, autonomic nervous system.
QUALITIES/LESSONS: Transforming, Shaping, Purifying, Shaping of Being, Mental
NEGATIVE QUALITIES: Perfectionism, Control over Self Vs. Others, Self-Critical
Thoughts, Frustration, Anxiety.
FOURTH CHAKRA: HEART CHAKRA
LOCATION: Center of chest, at level of heart.
COLOR: Green (secondary color is pink).
FUNCTIONS: It is the center which vitalizes the heart, thymus, circulatory
system, blood, cellular structure, and involuntary muscles.
GLANDS/ORGANS: Heart, ribs, chest cavity, lower lungs, blood, circulatory
system, skin, hands, thymus.
QUALITIES/LESSONS: The center of compassion, love, group consciousness, and
spirituality associated with a "oneness" with "all that
is." It provides for a desegregation between the loving energy of the
heart and the analytical energy of the intellect. God Connection. Able to give
and receive without giving. Open to change, new ideas. Coping with loss.
NEGATIVE QUALITIES: Self-abandonment, fear, sadness, anger, resentment,
FIFTH CHAKRA: THROAT CHAKRA
LOCATION: Neck, throat area above collar bone.
ELEMENT: The higher expression of all signs.
FUNCTIONS: Communication center, acting to provide the energy for, and the understanding
of, both verbal and mental communications.
GLANDS/ORGANS: Thyroid gland, throat and jaw areas, alimentary canal, lungs,
vocal cords, and the breath.
QUALITIES/LESSONS: The gateway to the Higher Consciousness and the gateway
through which the emotions contained on the heart must pass to become balanced
and harmonized. Open, clear communication of feelings and thoughts. Creativity,
speaking up, releasing, healing.
NEGATIVE QUALITIES: Uptight, low self-esteem, low self confidence, hostility,
SIXTH CHAKRA: THIRD EYE (BROW CHAKRA)
LOCATION: Between and about one finger-breadth above the eyebrows.
ELEMENT: The higher expression of all signs.
FUNCTIONS: The center of psychic power, higher intuition, the energies of the
spirit, magnetic forces, and light. Clairvoyance, healing addictions.
GLANDS/ORGANS: Pituitary gland, cerebellum, ears, nose, sinuses, eyes, central
QUALITIES/LESSONS: Higher consciousness, emotional and spiritual love center,
spiritual inner sight, clairvoyance. When balanced, the mind (right hemisphere)
and brain (left hemisphere) function in a unified field. Insight ensues and its
practical application becomes a daily occurrence. It also assists in the
purification of negative tendencies and in the elimination of selfish
NEGATIVE QUALITIES: Worry, hysteria, stress, fear, shock, irritation,
depression, headaches, speech and weight problems.
SEVENTH CHAKRA: CROWN CHAKRA
LOCATION: Crown of head.
ELEMENT: The higher expression of all elements.
FUNCTION: The center of spirituality, enlightenment, dynamic thought and
energy. It is the center which vitalizes the cerebrum, the right eye, and the
GLANDS/ORGANS: Pineal gland, cerebrum.
QUALITIES/LESSONS: It allows for the inward flow of wisdom from the ethers and
brings the gift of cosmic consciousness. When stimulated and clear, it enables
one to see the truth concerning illusory ideals, materialistic pursuits,
self-limiting concepts, pride, and vanity; it further allows one to experience
continuous self-awareness and conscious detachment from personal emotions.
Compassion, seeing self in others, Peacefulness, oneness.
NEGATIVE QUALITIES: Confusion, anxiety, stress.