The energetic centers
It is called muladhara, which means root in Sanskrit. It is situated at the basis of the coccyx. It is connected with the element of the earth and its color is red. It reinforces the consciousness with the physical body and is especially important since it carries the whole potency of the human organism and influents all the other chakra. It represents the man’s desire to remain grounded. It is evolved while we are still in the womb, it carries unconscious information and it is connected with the relationship with the mother. It is involved with matters of survival, protection, strength, self-confidence, mobilization and new beginnings. Also, it has to do with practical skills, the reality of the present and the immediate needs of a person.
It pertains to the body’s structural systems and mainly the bones and the large intestine. Also, to the teeth, nails, legs, sex organs, adrenals, adrenaline, nor-adrenaline, the blood and the proliferation of the cells.
On disturbed function there can be strains, fractures, sciatica, diarrhea or constipation, aimoroides, prostate, obesity, fatigue and exhaustion, weakness, anxiety, sense of instability, lack of zest for life, melancholy, guilt, worries, stress, fear without reason, fear of e.g. bankruptcy, phobias, sense of economic instability, stinginess, materialism, egoism, self-destructive mood, or excess interest for spirituality to the disadvantage of the person’s prosperity.
It is situated three fingers underneath the navel. It is the sacred chakra. It is called svadhisthana, which means sweetness. Its element is water, its color is orange and it coordinates male and female energy. It is related to the father, the sexual companions and the teachers. Half of it contains unconscious information.
From this chakra begins creativity of every kind. It governs sexuality and procreation as well as family happiness. Its motivating energy is the exploration of the world and the pleasures and pains of life. It influences the facility of expressing emotions and it relates to the enjoyment of life and sensitivity. It supports changes and the beginning of new routes. It liberates from lewd, greed and anger. Organically it affects the reproductive system, the pelvic area, the kidneys, the bladder, all liquids such as blood, lymph, sperm and the gastric juices, the ovaries, the prostate, the testes, estrogens and testosterone.
Under disordered function it causes infertility and impotence, coldness in women, stiffness of the articulations, constipation, liquid retention, problems of menstruation, aversion for sex, marital infidelity, sexual deviations or perversions, denial of sex, venereal diseases and substance addictions. Also, it could cause indifference, apathy, hardness, mistrust, limitation, stiffness of behavior and emotion, ignorance, emotional instability, constraints of creativity and intense desire of manipulating others.
It is located one palm over the navel, at the height of the stomach. It is called manipura, it is yellow and it relates to the power of the sun and the fire. It represents the feeling of the personal power and is important for the present life. Essentially it is the center of the ego and it represents the need to self-indicate. It has to do with the man’s capability of recognizing and dealing with all kinds of energy.
It utilizes information and control as sources of power. It affects mental alertness, memory and man’s capability to focus clearly and steadily. It relates to mental strength, determination, confidence, boldness, courage, optimism, capability of correct decisions on every moment, will, progress, intellect, professional success, authority, self-esteem, respect for the others, as well as receptiveness or denial of ideas, people and feelings.
It is associated with the waist, the abdomen, the liver, the spleen, the stomach, the pancreas, the gallbladder, the immune system, the autonomous neural system and insulin.
Dysfunction of this center can cause allergies, digestion problems, incapability to treat infections, diabetes and increased or reduced hunger. Also, there can be shame, instability, jealousy, suspiciousness, stupidity, rudeness, workaholic, fear of loneliness, apathy, loss of enthusiasm and spirit, and finally, difficulty for the man to “digest” situations.
It is located at the thorax, exactly in the middle of the chest. The center anajata is related to the element of air and is a point of balance and harmony. Its color is green. It balances out our inner reality with the outer world, hence relates to all kinds of relationships. Moreover, it influences how personal desires and development find their way through relationships and interaction. It has to do with selfless love, tolerance, understanding, sympathy and compassion.
Organically relates to the lungs, heart, back, thorax cavity, thymus gland, hands, skin, blood and the circulatory system.
On improper function there can be asthma, high or low pressure, dystonia, and heart and lung diseases. It could support negative attributes such as arrogance, hypocrisy and greed. The person feels trapped and restrained, and even if this concerns the spiritual level, his immune system is threatened. He feels inability to escape from life’s circumstances; it is noted loss of hope, unworthiness, self-pity, fear of rejection, possessiveness and love under conditions that the man egoistically sets.
It resides in the throat. The energetic center vishuda, which means purge, is cobalt blue and is related to the element of ether. From its function depends the smooth flow of communication to all levels and sociability. It permits self-expression and personal creativity, enabling capable of listening, learning and teaching. It improves the ability of telepathy. It is, in general, the center of self-designation and effectively mirrors the image one has of himself. It is also extraordinary for being able to affect other charkas through the human voice.
It is related to the upper respiratory system, bronchus, esophagus, vocal cords, throat, nape, jaw, cheeks, thyroid gland, parathyroid gland and the hormone thyroxin.
On dysfunction there can occur sore throat, tonsils, problems of thyroid, tight shoulders, laryngeal cavity diseases, sniffle, dysarthria, and speech disorders, in general. Also, there can be arrogance, complexes, dogmatism, whereas feelings can stuck here while coming up from the forth chakra and cannot be expressed, because of social values or family expectations.
It is situated at the forehead, between the eyebrows. Ajna means “sense”, it has dark blue color and is, in fact, the third eye. It is the inner eye of imagination, creativity, reverie and visualization. It is directly related to foresight and is the center that can reveal and conceive hidden images and spiritual forms and ideas. It is the threshold for the higher worlds and a natural point of knowledge, this is why, after all, while thinking hard, we place our hand on it in order to focus deeper.
It includes the eyes, nose, ears, nasal cavities, cerebellum, pituitary gland and vasopressin (antidiuretic hormone of epiphysis).
Due to its wrong function there can be poor concentration, poor memory, headaches, migraines, nightmares, bad sleep, depression, stress, dogmatism, domination, lack of discipline, inconsistency, fear of success, low objectives and anger towards oneself.
It is located where the saints’ halo is illustrated. It is called sahasrara and is violet in color. It supervises and balances the chakra system. It constitutes the center of imagination, of empathy and selfless offer to others. It preserves our connection with the rest of the creation and fuels man with energy from the universe.
Organically it is connected with epiphysis and serotonin.
On disorder there can be noticed problems at sleep and stress, learning difficulties and headaches. Also, there can be created confusion, disappointment, lack of faith, apathy, cynicism, narrow mindedness, isolation, manias e.g. of cleanliness, order and the feeling that the man is exhausted. The person cannot take decisions regarding his life and is caught up in conventional situations.