Chakra is based on Hindu practices originating from ancient Hindu texts. The name is derived from the word wheel or turning. Basically, the concept is the belief that Chakras are centers of energy that permeate from a point within the body. These forces are said to rotate and serve as focal points which receive and transmit life energy. While there are varying numbers of chakra systems, the most well known system in the West is seven chakras. Guided meditation teaches people how to open, heal and balance their chakras.
Understanding Chakra Meditation
Meditation is used to balance overall health in the mind, body and spirit. Chakra meditation includes focusing on specific points of energy in order to fully experience life events. Each focal point, or center, corresponds to an area of the body. Each chakra also relates to distinct behavior and stages of spiritual growth. One of the functions that chakras serve is providing vitalizing in the physical body. Chakras are also associated with physical and emotional interactions. Because it is considered a simple and effective way of relieving stress and achieving balance, the seven chakra meditation system has become one of the most popular meditation techniques in Western culture. It starts with a focus on the first chakra and goes through energizing the crown chakra; the highest of the seven.
The root chakra, or energy center, is said to represent a person’s foundation. It is tied into the feeling or perception of being grounded. It is located in the spine or near the tailbone. The root chakra relates to such issues as money, food and financial independence.
The sacral chakra connects to lessening control issues by accepting new experiences and people. It teaches that there are other options in relationships besides acceptance and rejection. It also deals with emotional issues including abundance, pleasure and sexuality. It is located in the lower stomach, two inches below the navel and two inches inward.
Solar Plexus Chakra
This chakra is located in the stomach and upper abdomen. It relates to the ability to be confident and control life. Self-confidence, self worth and self-esteem are emotional issues tied in with the solar plexus chakra.
The heart chakra, as the name denotes, ties in with the ability to give and receive love. The location of the heart chakra is just above the heart in the center of the chest. It deals with inner peace, harmony and joy in addition to love.
This chakra affects the ability to communicate feelings and truth. It is said that a healthy throat chakra results in the ability to honestly express thoughts and ideas. It is located in the center of the throat and neck. Creativity and open communication are said to be products of a balanced throat chakra.
Third Eye Chakra
Also known as the brow chakra, the third eye chakra is positioned on the forehead between the eyes. It connects to imagination, wisdom and intuition. It is said to provide focus and knowledge and the ability to visualize the big picture. It also relates to clear thinking and decision making.
The crown chakra is the highest energy force and is positioned at the very top of the head. It is representative of fully connected spiritual wholeness and effective spiritual communication. It relates to emotional issues such as beauty and bliss. The crown chakra is said to be associated with divine wisdom, the universe and the Oneness of man.
The Chakra Experience
Chakra meditation results in changes of feelings as different chakras come into focus. Some people experience a rise in emotions and shifts in energy. Most chakra meditation guides suggest that people not manipulate these feelings or emotions during meditation but to be fully aware of the experience. This awareness is said to bring greater balance as intelligence in each chakra is awakened. Over time, the full benefit will be achieved in the form of a healthy and balanced spiritual, emotional and physical life.
Where to Find
For anyone interested in meditation techniques, guided chakra meditation is widely available. On the Internet, meditation techniques are taught on websites which include pictures and videos on performing the techniques. Television programs, books and meditation classes also teach people how to use the seven chakras.
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