The 7 Major Chakras
7th - Sahasrara: The Crown Chakra
|Sahasrara is generally considered to be the chakra of pure consciousness.|
Its role may be envisioned somewhat similarly to that of the pituitary gland, which secretes emanuel hormones to communicate to the rest of the endocrine system and also connects to the central nervous system via the hypothalamus.
The thalamus is thought to have a key role in the physical basis of consciousness. Symbolized by a lotus with one thousand petals, it is located at the crown of the head. Sahasrara is represented by the colour violet and it involves such issues as inner wisdom and the death of the body.
Sahasrara's inner aspect deals with the release of karma, physical action with meditation, mental action with universal consciousness and unity, and emotional action with "beingness"
6th - Ajna: The Brow Chakra
|Ajna (along with Bindu, is also known as the third eye chakra) is linked to the pineal gland which may inform a model of its envisioning.|
The pineal gland is a light sensitive gland that produces the hormone melatonin which regulates sleep and waking up. Ajna is symbolised by a lotus with two petals, and corresponds to the colour white, indigo or deep blue.
Ajna's key issues involve balancing the higher & lower selves and trusting inner guidance. Ajna's inner aspect relates to the access of intuition.
Mentally, Ajna deals with visual consciousness. Emotionally, Ajna deals with clarity on an intuitive level
5th - Vishuddha: The Throat Chakra
|Vishuddha (also Vishuddhi) may be understood as relating to communication and growth through expression.|
This chakra is paralleled to the thyroid, a gland that is also in the throat and which produces thyroid hormone, responsible for growth and maturation. Symbolised by a lotus with sixteen petals.
Vishudda is characterized by the color light or pale blue, or turquoise. It governs such issues as self-expression and communication, as discussed above.
Physically, Vishuddha governs communication, emotionally it governs independence, mentally it governs fluent thought, and spiritually, it governs a sense of security
4th - Anahata: The Heart Chakra
|Anahata, or Anahata-puri, or padma-sundara is related to the thymus, located in the chest.|
The thymus is an element of the immune system as well as being part of the endocrine system. It is the site of maturation of the T cells responsible for fending off disease and may be adversely affected by stress.
Anahata is symbolised by a lotus flower with twelve petals. (See also heartmind). Anahata is related to the colours green or pink. Key issues involving Anahata involve complex emotions, compassion, tenderness, unconditional love, equilibrium, rejection and well-being.
Physically Anahata governs circulation, emotionally it governs unconditional love for the self and others, mentally it governs passion, and spiritually it governs devotion.
3rd - Manipura: The Solar Plexus Chakra
|Manipura or manipuraka is related to the metabolic and digestive systems.|
Manipura is believed to correspond to Islets of Langerhans, which are groups of cells in the pancreas, as well as the outer adrenal glands and the adrenal cortex.
These play a valuable role in digestion, the conversion of food matter into energy for the body. Symbolised by a lotus with ten petals. The colour that corresponds to Manipura is yellow.
Key issues governed by Manipura are issues of personal power, fear, anxiety, opinion-formation, introversion, and transition from simple or base emotions to complex. Physically, Manipura governs digestion, mentally it governs personal power, emotionally it governs expansiveness, and spiritually, all matters of growth.
2nd - Svadhisthana: The Sacral Chakra
|Swadhisthana, Svadisthana or adhishthana is located in the sacrum (hence the name) and is considered to correspond to the testes or the ovaries that produce the various sex hormones involved in the reproductive cycle. Svadisthana is also considered to be related to, more generally, the genitourinary system and the adrenals.|
The Sacral Chakra is symbolized by a lotus with six petals, and corresponds to the color orange. The key issues involving Svadisthana are relationships, violence, addictions, basic emotional needs, and pleasure.
Physically, Svadisthana governs reproduction, mentally it governs creativity, emotionally it governs joy, and spiritually it governs enthusiasm.
1st - Muladhara: The Base Chakra
|Muladhara or root chakra is related to instinct, security, survival and also to basic human potentiality.|
This center is located in the region between the genitals and the anus. Although no endocrine organ is placed here, it is said to relate to the gonads and the adrenal medulla, responsible for the fight-or-flight response when survival is under threat.
There is a muscle located in this region that controls ejaculation in the sexual act of the human male. A parallel is charted between the sperm cell and the ovum where the genetic code lies coiled and the kundalini. Muladhara is symbolized by a lotus with four petals and the color red.
Key issues involve sexuality, lust and obsession. Physically, Muladhara governs sexuality, mentally it governs stability, emotionally it governs sensuality, and spiritually it governs a sense of security.
7 Chakra Archetypes1st Chakra - Base Chakra
Serpent : Mother of the Waters: archetype of the healer throughout many cultures: the one who teaches us to shed our personal past the way she sheds her skin - primary life force, the one who dives deep, deep - who knows the way into the deepest places inside of ourselves -the One who walks with beauty on the belly of the Mother ( earth ) - the One who knows the way back to the Garden, the place of innocence.
2nd Chakra - Sacral Chakra
Jaguar : Mother-Sister Jaguar who knows the way across the bridge to the world of mystery - the One who swallows the dying sun, teaching us to step beyond fear, violence and death. The archetypal connection to the life force of the jungle, everything that is green; steward of the life force - Luminous Warrior who has no enemies in this world or the next - represents the Life/Death principle and renewal.
3rd Chakra - Solar Plexus Chakra
Ancient Ones and Hummingbird : The place of the ancestors, Grandmothers and Grandfathers, ancient memories, ancient wisdom - the Ones who have stepped outside of Time but slip through the curtain to help us remember the ancient ways - the way of the Hummingbird, who drinks directly from the nectar of Life - not built for flight yet undertakes and accomplishes the impossible journey.
4th Chakra - Heart Chakra
Condor/Eagle : the great archetype of the East, the place of the rising Sun, the place of our Becoming - principle of seeing from high
5th Chakra - Throat Chakra
Huascar : Lord of life; Lord of death. Historically, he is one of two sons of Pachakuti Inka ( the Inka who read the prophecy of bearded men with sticks that spoke with fire who would turn the world upside down. ) Huascar was the keeper of the medicine teachings; he was killed by his brother who then negotiated with the Spanish. He became the harmonizing principle of the Lower World - the chaotic dark place of all creative potential. He/she is the renewer of the Earth and our own personal need of renewing our own earth, fields that are fallow, places that need aerating. The gift of Huascar is to harmonize our relationship with our Shadow.
6th Chakra - Brow Chakra
Quetzelcoatl : Lord of the morning/the dawn; the Day Bringer, Morning Star. Quetzel is a beautiful jungle bird and coatl is serpent, reptile, a feathered, winged serpent that has acquired flight - the organizer of the middle world, brought irrigation, medicine plants and stonework - walked the Americas, brought stability, music, dance, flutes, drums - though it has been lost in our culture, we can call on it individually, an animistic knowledge of the ways of the Earth - organizes your relationship with the Middle World - when you come into relationship with Quetzelcoatl you don't have to micromanage your life.
7th Chakra - Crown Chakra
Pachakuti : Historically, the Inka King who was given the prophecy that the world was turning over ( coming of the Spanish ) - the keeper of the possibilities, organizing principle of the Upper World; embodies the concept of circular time, stepping outside of linear time - makes time stand still - brings order, heavenly order - coming into relationship with Pachakuti allows us to recognize what can be changed, and change it before it is born.
Note : You must develop your own relationship with the archetypes and your descriptions will come from your own experience.
Chakra Power Animals
1st Chakra : SERPENT
Each of the archetypal animals exudes a different flavor of energy. In the South serpent symbolizes knowledge, sexuality and healing. Perhaps the most universal archetype, serpent has always represented the healing power of nature. The staff of medicine, or caduceus, is formed by two serpents intertwined around a rod. In the East it is the coiled snake of the Kundalini energy.
Serpent represents the primeval connection to the feminine and thus is a symbol of fertility and sexuality. It symbolizes the essential life force that seeks union and creation. We can summon the creative principle by calling on the archetype of serpent.
2nd Chakra : JAGUAR
The animal of the West is jaguar. It renews and transforms the life of the rain forest. Where serpent represents the power of healing, which is gradual and incremental; jaguar stands for sudden transformation, fire and death. It might seem odd to us that the transforming force in the Universe is also associated with death. That which endured was always changing and renewing itself. That which remained unchanging perished. The Ancient Americans recognized that chaos and order, expansion and contraction, were the natural cycle of life.
We can transform our bodies so that they heal more rapidly and age more elegantly by embodying the forces represented by jaguar. I have grown to believe in the metaphor that we have nine lives, like cats. When we reach the end of one of these lifetimes (other people would call them stages or phases in one’s life), it is important to give the old self a decent burial, and then leap like a jaguar into who we are becoming. Otherwise, we can spend years patching and fixing an old self that we have outgrown.
3rd Chakra : HUMMINGBIRD
In the North direction, hummingbird represents the courage required to embark on an epic journey. Hummingbirds migrate over the Atlantic, traveling every year from Brazil to Canada. Once touched by the energies of this archetype, we are propelled on our own epic journey that eventually leads us back to our source, where our spirit was spawned.The North energy helps us embark on great journey despite tremendous odds. When there is not enough time, money or know-how for what you are attempting, hummingbird can provide the courage and guidance necessary for success.
4th Chakra : EAGLE
The East direction is represented by eagle and condor, who bring vision, clarity, and foresight. Eagle perceives the entire panorama of life without becoming bogged down in its details. The energies of eagle assist us in finding the guiding vision of our lives.The eyes of the condor see into the past and the future, helping to know where we come from, and who we are becoming.Eagle allows us to rise above the mundane battles that occupy our lives and consume our energy and attention. Eagle gives us wings to soar above trivial day-to-day struggles into the high peaks close to Heaven. Eagle and condor represent the self-transcending principle in nature.
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