Introduction to Chakras
The term, ‘chakra’ (pronounced /ˈ∫häkrə/ or originally /ˈCHäkrə/) is derived from the Sanskrit word “cakra,” generally meaning ‘wheel’ or ‘circle.’
Chakras are like spinning wheels of energy within the body.
The first references to chakras date back thousands of years to the ancient Holy Vedic texts of Hinduism. In India’s medicinal tradition, known as Ayurveda, it is thought that the mind, body and soul are connected by a life force energy (‘prana’) that flows through and around the body. Other Eastern philosophies share a similar view of health and wellbeing. Chinese and Japanese cultures refer to this same life force energy as ‘chi’ and ‘ki’ respectively (i.e. What is ‘Reiki’ Energy Medicine).
It is thought that life force energy should flow freely, like a river, through these energy centers (called ‘chakras’ in the Hindu tradition and ‘meridians’ in the Oriental tradition) to ensure the nourishment of cells and tissues of connected organ systems and overall good health. If the blockage of energy is not cleared, the obstruction grows greater and causes symptoms of overt disease, such as pain.
They believe the root of all disease stems from an imbalance or blockage of energy flow in any of these energy centers.
Let’s say you have a tense back from a muscular knot. According to experts the cause of muscular knots is currently unknown. Traditional Chinese Medicine selects treatments to increase circulation in the affected area. These could include Acupuncture, Gua Sha, or as famously seen in the Olympics, Cupping. Notably, randomized clinical trials have shown that one Gua Sha treatment was significantly more effective at reducing neck pain and lower back pain than a control treatment (Braun, et al., 2011; Lauche, et al., 2012).
In the New Age tradition, crystal healers address energetic blockages by using certain stones in a technique known as ‘Chakra Balancing’ or ‘Crystal Therapy.’ Specific crystals are selected and applied to the body near or on the area of imbalance. These stones are believed to correspond to the color and frequency of the chakra in question and are thought to restore its natural vibration. Despite its wide usage in holistic medicine, there has been limited biomedical research in this area, instead favoring more tangible therapies.
“The day science begins to study non-physical phenomena, it will make more progress in one decade than in all the previous centuries of its existence.”
Many believe there are seven chakras. These are generally considered to be the primary energetic forces in the body. In our practice we recognize and incorporate an eighth main chakra—the thymus chakra, also known as the ‘higher heart.’ It is located between the heart and throat chakras. We believe the thymus chakra is extremely important. It has been associated with the thymus gland, which is related to the generation and maintenance of the immune system. This chakra signifies one’s ability for selflessness and altruism.
It is thought that there are many chakras in and around the human body.
Chakras From Head to Toe:
The Body’s Eight Main Energy Centers
All chakras are associated with a color as well as a note on the musical scale (Wauters, 2002). The colors are Red (Root), Orange (Sacral), Yellow (Solar Plexus), Green (Heart), Turquoise (Thymus), Blue (Throat), Indigo (Third Eye), and Violet (Crown).
8) Crown – Spirituality
7) Third Eye – Intuition
6) Throat – Communication
5) Thymus / Higher Heart – Intent, Compassion and Truth
4) Heart – Love
3) Solar Plexus – Self Worth
2) Sacral – Sexuality
1) Root – Survival/Security
Each chakra is said to vibrate or rotate at a different speed or frequency.
Traditionally, the Root chakra (the bodily chakra closest to the ground) vibrates at the slowest frequencies and the Crown chakra (the bodily chakra closest to the heavens) emits the fastest frequencies. Perhaps this philosophy stems from the Spectrum of Visible Light in Physics, which tells us that Violet wavelengths of light are shorter and therefore have a greater frequency (are faster) and posses higher energy than Red wavelengths of light.
Each chakra is said to correspond to a particular function and significance, which seem to be highly correlated to fundamental theories of developmental psychology, such as those in Maslow’s “Hierarchy of Needs” (Psychological Review, 1943).
In terms of spiritual and energetic health, wellbeing can be achieved with balanced energy in the chakras.
Many scientific philosophies would agree that a balanced system provides optimal results.
If the chakras are too open, it’s energetic overload. If they are closed it doesn’t allow life force energy to flow. It has been said that chakras that are open and spinning clockwise best receive universal energy.
Everyday we discover how complex and interrelated systems are both within the body and in our environment, how we influence the environment and how it influences us. Scientists are just beginning to tap into the seen and unseen forces within and around us. This idea is similar to the spiritual belief that the human energy body is dependent on the physical body and vice versa.
According to Eastern philosophies and cultures that honor the existence of a physical and nonphysical body, if there is an imbalance or any chakras are blocked, this will lead to ill effects on your physical and/or emotional bodies (McMurray, 2005, Holistic Nursing Practice).
Like many practitioners of holistic medicine, where energy is involved in the dialogue of health, we use crystals and gemstones among other tools of the trade to re-balance all the chakras. Crystals and gemstones have been used for protection and healing for thousands of years. They are thought to help stimulate and harmonize the mind, body and spirit.
About the Authors
Kamaira Philips, Bachelor of Music (BM), is a co-founder of Good JuJu For You. She is an operatic soprano, an meditation instructor, a certified EMT and a scientist. Kamaira is researching topics related to immunology and alternative medicine at UNC’s Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and at the UNC Program on Integrative Medicine.
Kaylee is a co-founder of Good JuJu For You. She has been mindfully aware of and practicing her psychic abilities since she was a child. Led by her spirit guides, Kaylee has obtained a vast wealth of knowledge and experience with the ethereal realm and alternative modalities of energy healing. She applies various techniques with clients such as Intuitive Reading, Aura Cleansing, Chakra Balancing, Sound and Crystal Therapy, Meditation, Reiki, Shamanic Counseling and Spiritual Life Coaching.