The chakra system can be an important part in psychic and spiritual development, I will explain why as we go along. A chakra is an energy point on the body and is the Sanskrit word for "wheel". Sanskrit for those of you who don't know is the ancient and sacred language of Hindus in India. These "Chakra" energy points receive, transform and transmit energy and each chakra has a different wavelength.
There are said to be around 88,000 of these Chakras or energy points on the body, but as far as we need to know regarding psychic and spiritual development there are seven main Chakras we use, but there are two others that you might be interested in, one is known as the earth chakra which represents the individuals relationship with the earth, this is based around the feet, the other one which is above the crown chakra above the head and is known as the transpersonal point which is said to represents the soul.
There are several other higher Chakras existing above the crown chakra. Theses and other Chakras of the hara line become more significant for students of reiki healing.
Now what I was saying about the importance of these seven chakras in psychic and spiritual development is they run in a line up the middle of the body from the groin area to the top of the head and this line is known as the sushumna line or "spiritual channel", so when our chakras are balanced and working in harmony with each other this energy line is connected, in other words we complete the circuit just as in any electrical appliance, for example lets say turning on a light, for the electricity to reach the light the circuit has to be complete, with no breaks in it for the connection to be made, if there are breaks in the circuit the light will not come on, this is the same for the chakras, the break would be caused by an individual chakra being out of balance with the others, that's why it's important to use all seven chakras in development.
You can click on the individual chakra points in the image to go directly to the chakra properties.
This is the seventh chakra. It's located at the top of the head. The colour of this chakra is violet and/or white, it affects the functions of the nervous system, it also influences the skeletal system. It affects the pineal gland and all nerves, This chakra is known as the seat of the soul, where all things in the universe are accepted, higher consciousness, where all spiritual knowledge is channelled.
Sanskrit Name: Sahasrara
Musical Note: B
Essential Oils: Rosewood, Lavender, Sandalwood
Recommended Listening: Schubert's "unfinished symphony no.8 in B minor" Dvorak`s "cello concerto in B minor.
Underactive: When underactive, this chakra leads one to have low self esteem or a negative self image. The person may feel misunderstood as well.
Balanced: When balanced, it shows a person who is wise and Understands all. It links us to higher forces. The person who has a purified crown chakra is very spiritual indeed.
Overactive: When overactive, a person may have a strong desire to feel popular or wanted, and may have a very erotic imagination.
This is the sixth chakra. It's also known as the Third Eye Chakra. It's located in the middle of the forehead, right between the eyebrows. Its colour is purple. This chakra is also used a lot in developing clairvoyance. It influences the immune system, the eyes, and sinuses.
Sanskrit Name: Ajna
Musical Note: A
Crystals: Lapis Lazuli, Amethyst, Azurite
Essential Oils: Rosemary, Basil, Clary Sage
Recommended Listening: Mendelssohn's "string quartet in A major" Beethoven's "piano sonata no.28 in A major.
Underactive: When underactive, it may cause a person to be forgetful or to worry a lot and may be overly superstitious as well.
Balanced: When balanced, a person will have a creative imagination and good visualization. Also a person will probably be able to see things that other people cannot see, such as visions and spirits.
Overactive: When overactive, it causes a person to be impatient, fearful and oversensitive and possible hallucinations.
This is the fifth chakra. The throat chakra qualities are expression, creativity and is the main centre for developing clairaudience. The throat chakra is considered to be our interface with the world, the physical communication, and is situated near the V shape of the collar bone, this centre manifests in the thyroid gland and controls the lower jaw, the neck, the voice, airways and lungs, and is found to be the seat of allergies especially asthma, according to research they say asthma can be caused by repressed crying or smothered love, in both these cases the person is unable to express these feelings thus causing asthma, the funny thing is I have asthma and I used to find it hard to cry, so maybe there's some truth in that. The colour associated with it is blue.
Sanskrit Name: Vishuddhi
Musical Note: G
Crystals: Turquoise, Topaz, Amazonite
Essential Oils: Myrrh, Frankincense
Recommended Listening: Bach's "Brandenburg concerto in G major" Schubert's "Ava Maria"
Underactive: When underactive, one may resist change, be depressed, and be stubborn.
Balanced: When balanced, a person will have foresight into laws of natural phenomena, calmness, serenity, And have a good command of speech.
Overactive: When overactive, a person may be domineering, hyperactive and may speak harshly to others.
This is the fourth chakra. The qualities associated with heart chakra are unconditional love, impersonal feelings and concepts of the whole group consciousness, the heart chakra is found mid way between the shoulder blades, this centre manifest in the thymus gland and controls the heart, circulation and it influences the immune system. It also influences tissue regeneration. Green is its colour.
Solar Plexus Chakra
This is the third chakra, it's in the solar plexus area close to the navel. It is the seat of emotions and deeper feelings and is said to be the clearing house for all lower energies in the system, position is at where the ribs divide into like a V shape, its colour is yellow. It's closely tied to the workings of the digestive system, the stomach, the liver, gall bladder, and adrenals.
The root or base chakra is coloured red and has to do with the qualities of survival, power, and aggression and is situated near the pubic bone, It manifests in the adrenal glands and controls the spine, kidneys and the skin and is part controller of the bladder, it is directly connected to vitality and controls our "fight or flight" response, the root always acts as an anchor in mental stability, grounding, in other words, as with all chakras, it can be, balanced, underactive or overactive. It is the least complex of all the chakras.
Sanskrit Name: Anahata
Musical Note: F
Crystals: Rose Quartz, Aventurine
Essential Oils: Rose, Jasmine
Recommended Listening: Debussy's "Clair de Lune", Beethoven's symphony no.8 in F
Underactive: When underactive, it shows a person who is unemotional or feels unloved. A person with an underactive heart chakra may have a weak will as well.
Balanced: When balanced, the heart chakra may open one up to the ability to heal. It also helps balance the other chakras. It brings pure love as well.
Overactive: When overactive, it may cause a person to be overly confident, jealous and angry.
Sanskrit Name: Nabhi
Musical Note: E
Crystals: Tiger's Eye, Amber
Essential Oils: Cinnamon, Geranium
Recommended Listening: Mozart's "symphony no.39 in E flat major, Or Mozart's "piano concerto no.26
Underactive: When underactive, a person may feel aloof, isolated, and may be afraid to explore new opportunities.
Balanced: When balanced, one lives in peace and new learning opportunities are presented. It brings selfless service to others.
Overactive: When overactive, it shows one who is judgmental and has a quick temper. It also represents one who is stubborn and critical.
Sanskrit Name: Muladhara
Musical Note: C
Crystals: Tiger's Eye, Hematite, Smoky Quartz and Obsidian
Essential Oils: Rosewood, Frankincense
Recommended Listening: Schubert's "march militaire", Holts "mars music" And Brahms symphony no.1 in c minor.
Balanced: When balanced, it will help the individual act wisely and with Moderation. It will also help ease fears and bring awareness of experiences and talents from past lives.
Underactive: An underactive root chakra can lead to a lack of energy, manipulation, feeling as if you are "rootless" and have no true home, and a need for approval or attention.
Overactive: An overactive root chakra can lead to a person being obsessively sexual, reckless or hyperactive, fight or fight and aggression and the main cause of panic attacks, which aren't very nice, when I was first developing I used to have lots of them, also an under active base chakra can cause a person to be possessive and like to be in control.
This is the second chakra, its colour is orange and it is located about an inch below the navel. It is also known as the sex chakra. It deals with the functions of the adrenal glands, and influences the reproductive system, the muscular system and the fluid functions of the body it's also the other half controller of the bladder, it plays an important role in our uprightness and general well being, one of the most common disturbances in this chakra is mainly in women at there monthly cycle, you can actually control your cycle by focusing on this chakra, all problems related to impotence, infertility can be treated effectively with the balancing of this chakra. It's the centre that is used to help detoxify the body.
Sanskrit Name: Swadisthan
Musical Note: D
Crystals: Jasper, Bloodstone, Garnet
Essential Oils: Sandalwood, Jasmine, Rose
Recommended Listening: Mozart's "divertimento in d", Brahms "Hungarian dance no.5", Pachelbels "cannon in d" And Mahler's "symphony no.1 in d major.
Underactive: When under active, it may cause restlessness, confusion, mistrust, and a person who may be antisocial. A person with an under active spleen chakra may have trouble opening up to others.
Balanced: When balanced, a person will be gratified emotionally. It brings courage, and attraction to others. It also helps creativity.
Overactive: When overactive, it may result in a person, who is arrogant, selfish, lustful, conceited and power hungry.