the 7 chakras
A few years back when i was still in high school, i followed my mum to do some charity work and learnt a meditation healing course called “Longevitology”. I have attended the advanced class and can be considered as the pioneers for the malaysian students for Longevitology.
What is Longevitology?
Longevitology (Chang Sen Xue in Chinese, which translates as “study of long life”) is defined as one of several healing modalities intended to adjust energy flow throughout the body to improve the body’s ability to heal itself. Largely unknown outside the Asian community, Longevitology, which employs a simple laying-on-of-hands technique, is included within the general category of alternative medicine. In the United States, laying-on-of-hands techniques are often taught in nursing schools and used in hospitals to calm patients and reduce pain. Other healing modalities drawn from Asian medicine to which people refer in trying to explain Longevitology include Acupuncture, Reiki and Pranic Healing, among others. However, there are substantial differences between them, and Longevitology (Chang Sen Xue) should not be confused with these other modalities. For example, the techniques employed by Reiki practitioners and Longevitology practitioners are quite different from one another.
Read more about it HERE
Anyways. With Longevitology, i have my chakras “opened” (lack of better words), and ever since, i am very much interested in the term chakras and it’s powers.
Our human body have 7 chakras. I believe in the power of chakras. 🙂
1. Sahasrara is positioned above the head or at the top of it and it has 1000 petals which are arranged in 20 layers each of them with 50 petals.
Sahasrara chakra symbolizes detachment from illusion; an essential element in obtaining supramental higher consciousness of the truth that one is all and all is one.
Often referred as thousand-petaled lotus, it is said to be the most subtle chakra in the system, relating to pure consciousness, and it is from this chakra that all the other chakras emanate. When a yogi is able to raise his or her kundalini, energy of consciousness, up to this point, the state of Samādhi, or union with God, is experienced. It is often related to the pineal gland and the violet color.
2. Ajna chakra is positioned at the eyebrow region and it has two petals, said to represent the psychic channels Ida and Pingala, which meet here with the central Shushumna channel before rising to the crown chakra, Sahasrara. On the left hand petal is the letter ‘ham’, and on the right the letter ‘ksham’, the bija mantras for Shiva and Shakti respectively.
Ajna is considered the chakra of the mind. When something is seen in the mind’s eye, or in a dream, it is being ‘seen’ by Ajna.
In kundalini yoga, different practices are said to stimulate the Ajna chakra, including Trataka (steady gazing), Shambhavi Mudra (gazing at the space between the eyebrows), and some forms of Pranayama (breath exercises).
Ajna is said to contain Mantrika shakti.
3. Vishuddha is positioned at the neck region and it has sixteen petals corresponding to the Sanskrit vowels.
Vishuddha is associated with the faculty of higher discrimination, between choosing what is right and wrong, and it is associated with creativity and self-expression. It is known as the ‘poison and nectar’ centre, closely related to the Bindu chakra, and the secret of immortality is said to reside there. When Vishuddha is closed, we undergo decay and death. When it is open, negative experience is transformed into wisdom and learning.
Vishuddha is said to contain Jnana Shakti.
In Kundalini yoga, Vishuddha can be opened and balanced through practices including asanas (such as shoulder-stand), pranayama, jalandhara bandha (throat lock), and Khecarī mudrā.
4. Anahata is the fourth primary chakra according to the Hindu Yogic and Tantric (Shakta) traditions.
In Sanskrit the word anahata – means unhurt, un-struck and unbeaten. Anahata Nad refers to the Vedic concept of unstruck sound, the sound of the celestial realm.
The Anahata chakra is physically positioned at the heart region. Traditionally, this chakra is represented as a green flower with twelve petals which match the vrittis of lust, fraud, indecision, repentance, hope, anxiety,longing, impartiality, arrogance, incompetence, discrimination and defiance.
Anahata is associated with the ability to make decisions outside of the realm of karma. In Manipura and below, man is bound by the laws of karma, and the fate he has in store for him. In Anahata, one is making decisions, ‘following your heart’, based upon one’s higher self, and not from the unfulfilled emotions and desires of lower nature. The wish-fulfilling tree, kalpa taru, resides here, symbolizing the ability to manifest whatever you wish to happen in the world.
It is also associated with love and compassion, charity to others, and forms of psychic healing.
In kundalini yoga, anahata is awoken and balanced through practices including asanas, pranayamas, and the practice of ajapa japa (repetition of a sacred mantra). It is purified through the process of bhakti (devotion).
5. Manipura called “city of jewels”, is the third primary chakra according to Hindu tradition.
Also called the solar plexus, manipura is “the center of etheric-psychic intuition: a vague or non-specific, sensual sense of knowing; a vague sense of size, shape, and intent of being.” As such, some psychics recommend “listening” to it since it may help in making better decisions in one’s life on many different levels.
It is positioned at the navel region and it has ten petals which match the vrittis of spiritual ignorance, thirst, jealousy, treachery, shame, fear, disgust, delusion, foolishness and sadness.
Manipura is associated with dynamism, energy, and will-power (Itcha shakti.) It is associated with the power of fire, and digestion. Manipura is said to radiate and distribute prana to the rest of the body. In this sense, it is roughly similar to the Chinese idea of the dantian in qigong.
In kundalini yoga, different practices for arousing and balancing the energies of Manipura include various asanas which work on that part of the body, pranayama, Uddiyana bandha (exhaling and pulling back and up of the abdomen and diaphragm respectively) and agnisara kriya (practicing jalandhara bandha, and moving the abdomen in and out).
6. Swadhisthana called ‘One’s own abode’ is the second primary chakra according to Hindu tradition.
Swadhisthana is positioned at the tailbone, two finger-widths above Muladhara. It has six petals which match the vrittis of affection, pitilessness, feeling of all-destructiveness, delusion, disdain andsuspicion. Its corresponding point in the front of the body (i.e. its kshetram) is at the pubic bone.
Swadhisthana is associated with the unconscious, and with emotion. It is closely related to Muladhara in that Swadhisthana is where the different samskaras (potential karmas), lie dormant, and Muladhara is where these samskaras find expression. Swadhisthana contains unconscious desires, especially sexual desire, and it is said that to raise the kundalini shakti (energy of consciousness) above Swadhisthana is extremely difficult for this reason. Many saints have had to face the temptations associated with this chakra.
Practices in kundalini yoga for controlling and balancing the energy in Swadhisthana chakra include various asanas and pranayamas.
7. Muladhara meaning “root place” is the first of the main seven chakras according to Hinduism. The root chakra is related to instinct, security, survival and also to basic human potentiality. It may be represented as red, although its root square form is usually colored yellow. That ‘lotus’ of muladhara chakra has four petals, metaphorically referring to the four vritties that find expression in this chakra: dharma (psycho-spiritual longing), artha(psychic longing), kama (physical longing) and moksha (longing for spiritual liberation).
Muladhara is said to be located at the base of the spine in the vicinity of the coccygeal plexus beneath the sacrum. Muladhara is the base from which the three main psychic channels or nadis emerge: the Ida, Pingala and Sushumna.
In kundalini yoga, there are various yogic practices held to incite the energy in Muladhara including: asanas (such as Garudasana, Shashankasana and Siddhasana); specific pranayama and importantly the practice of mula bandha which isendemic to appropriate bodymind discipline.