Posted by: Ronda Devereaux | October 13, 2014 | 4:44 pm
After talking about exercises for the chakras last week, I received a few questions about how each chakra correlates to the body and what it does. You will find various explanations and opinions of our energetic body out in the world at large. Below is a compilation of many of the books that I have studied.
There are 7 major chakras and a multitude of minor chakras in the body (some modalities will put the major chakras at 9 or 11). Each chakra is an energy vortex. Chakras regulate the flow of energy throughout the body (and hence to corresponding physical, emotion and psychological systems). The Sanskrit word chakra means “wheel” or “circle”. Each chakra stores, manages, and transmits a different kind of energy, related to different physical and psychological functions. Because of my engineering background, I look at many of the aspects of the human energy field in electrical terms and think of them like super batteries.
The traditional seven chakras are aligned with the spinal column beginning with the first or root chakra at the base of the spine and moving upward.
Chakra 1 – Root Chakra – Color red – located at the perineum
The first chakra is the foundation of emotional and mental health. Your connection to traditional familial beliefs supports the formation of identity and sense of belonging to a group.
Organs – Base of spine, legs, bones, feet, rectum and immune system.
Physical – Chronic lower back pain, blood, bone, colon and rectal cancers, immune disorders, depression, OCD, addictions, sciatica.
Emotional – First family, safety, security, able to provide for life’s necessities and stand up for yourself, abandonment fears, social and familial law and order, identity.
Chakra 2 – Sacral Chakra – Color Orange – located just above belly button
The second chakra is your center of personal power, creativity, sexuality and finances. Issues of physical survival, control, and one-on-one relationships are at the core of this energy center.
Organs – sexual organs, large intestine, lower vertebrae, pelvis, abdomen, bladder, hip area.
Physical – Chronic lower back or hip pain, sciatica, pelvic/low back pain, urinary problems, prostate or ovarian/uterine illnesses, fibroids and menopause severity, adrenal disease.
Emotional – Fear of loss of control, or being controlled through events such as addiction, rape, betrayal, impotence, financial loss or abandonment. Personal identity, blame, guilt, money, sex, power, control, creativity, ethics and decision making ability.
Chakra 3 – Solar Plexus Chakra – Color yellow – just above above your belly button
The third chakra furthers the development of self-esteem and personality, separate from your first family. This is where you learn to draw and maintain strong boundaries and a personal code of honor.
Organs – Abdomen, stomach, upper intestines, liver, gallbladder, kidney, pancreas, adrenal glands, spleen, middle spine behind the solar plexus.
Physical – Chronic fatigue, gastric or duodenal ulcers, colon/intestinal problems, pancreatitis/diabetes, chronic or acute indigestion, anorexia, bulimia, liver dysfunction, hepatitis, adrenal dysfunction.
Emotional – Trust, fear, intimidation, self-esteem, self-confidence, self-respect, ambition, courage, ability to handle crisis, care of yourself and others, sensitivity to criticism, personal honor, fear of rejection, physical-appearance anxieties, strength of character.
Chakra 4 – Heart Chakra – Color green – located at the center of breastbone
This is the powerhouse of the human energy system. From its middle position, the fourth chakra mediates between the body and spirit, and determines their health, strength and balance.
Organs – Heart and circulatory system, lungs, shoulders, arms and hands, ribs/breasts, diaphragm, thymus gland.
Physical – Diseases of the heart, asthma/allergy, lung, lymphatic system, thymus gland, circulatory system, upper back and shoulder pain, breast cancer.
Emotional – Love, hatred, bitterness, grief, anger jealousy, inability to forgive, self-centeredness, compassion, hope, trust, ability to heal yourself and others, commitment and betrayal , fear of loneliness.
Chakra 5 – Throat Chakra – Color blue – located at the throat
The fifth chakra is the center of your struggle with choice, self expression and speaking your truth.
Organs – Throat, thyroid, trachea, neck, vertebrae, mouth, teeth, gyms, jaw, esophagus, parathyroid, hypothalamus.
Physical – Diseases and disorders of the mouth tongue and larynx, TMJ, laryngitis, swollen glands, thyroid problems.
Emotional – Choice and strength of will, personal expression, following your dream, using personal power to create, addiction, judgment, criticism, faith, knowledge, capacity to make decisions.
Chakra 6 – Third Eye Chakra – Color indigo – located at the forehead
The sixth chakra is the energy center of intuition, intellect, and reasoning. Known as the “third eye”, it involves our mental abilities, and our psychological skill at evaluating our beliefs and attitudes.
Organs – Brain, nervous system, eyes, ears, nose, pineal gland, pituitary gland.
Physical – Diseases and disorders of the brain, eyes and ears, headaches, sinus, full spinal difficulties, learning disabilities, seizures.
Emotional – Self-evaluation, truth, intellectual abilities, feelings of inadequacy, openness to the ideas of others, ability to learn from experience, emotional intelligence.
Chakra 7 – Crown Chakra – Color white – located at the top of the head
The seventh chakra is our connection to our spiritual nature and our capacity to allow spirituality to become an integral part of our physical lives.
Organs – Muscular system, skeletal system, nervous and peripheral nervous system and skin.
Physical – Energetic disorders, spiritual depression, chronic exhaustion that is not linked to a physical disorder, extreme sensitivities to light, sound and other environmental factors.
Emotional – Ability to trust life, values, ethics, courage, humanitarianism, selflessness, ability to see the larger pattern, faith, inspiration, spirituality, and devotion.