Introduction to the Chakras

The chakras are part of the energy body. Chakra is a Sanskrit word which means wheel, and these wheels operate in the body like spinning vortices through which consciousness both ascends and descends. - Bethany Doepke, Working With the Chakras to Energize Your Practice
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Chakras are dynamically active spinning wheels of power and light-energy that play a unique role in your over-all health and spiritual growth. They not only receive, store, and emit light but also supply the body with the subtle energy it needs to perform daily tasks. The word chakra means "wheel" or "disc."

Each chakra has a unique function and represents a different level of consciousness. They are often depicted as lotuses, each having a certain number of petals, color, and vibrating at a specific frequency. For example, the white chakra located at the base is called the base-of-the-spine chakra and has four petals. The yellow chakra at the top is called the crown chakra and it has approximately 972 petals. It is often referred to as the thousand-petaled lotus. The more petals the chakra has, the higher its frequency.

Chakras are gateways to other dimensions and to the spiritual self. They provide the coordinates for Spirit to act in and through you. The seven chakras positioned along the spinal column play a pivotal role in determining your spiritual, emotional, and physical well-being. They are focuses for the seven rays. Each ray has specific qualities and virtues flowing in it. As you balance and purify the chakra, assimilate the qualities and fill it with spiritual light, you gain new levels of awareness.

As we mentioned earlier, the light ray and color associated with the chakra located at the base-of-the-spine is white and the qualities flowing in the white ray are purity, discipline and order. When this chakra is balanced and clear you begin to internalize these qualities. Directly above the base-of-the-spine chakra is the seat-of-the-soul chakra which is violet in color. The qualities of the violet ray are freedom, forgiveness and mercy.

The image pictured here shows the colors of the chakras when they are balanced, purified and vibrating at their intended frequency. This is how they appear at spiritual levels when you have mastery on the seven rays.

Let's find out more about these sacred centers of light-energy.