In many ancient teachings, our existence as humans has relied on a sacred energy most often referred to as prana, chi, ki, or life force energy. Chakras, the Sanskrit word for "wheel," are energy vortices in which this life force energy is absorbed, processed, and output, in essence, creating our expression of what we call life.
While their function is to process energy, each one has very distinct characteristics and responsibilities, ranging from physical location, color assimilation, physiological and emotional needs, vibrational frequencies, and so much more. Similar to the modern day psychology teachings of Maslow's hierarchy of needs, the lower chakras associate with our most basic foundational requirements, working up the line to the more ethereal needs of our whole being. These chakras work together to bring balance to the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual bodies, as their main goal is homeostasis.
Homeostasis is the state in which all systems of, in this case, the human being, are functioning most efficiently and effectively, resulting in a near effortlessly flowing operation. Like the mechanisms of a grandfather clock, chakras, if not taken care of and maintained, the cogs could get gooey and jammed, the pendulum could swing clunkily or slow down, and our timing could be off.
In addition to holistic homeostasis of the being, individually, each chakra seeks homeostasis. Energetic imbalances in the chakra, either excessive or deficient, may exhibit as physical and/or emotional symptoms. Specific functions of each chakra can be found by clicking the symbols below.
The good news is we have to power to balance and care for our own chakras. More good news is that although it is not emphasized in our culture of instant gratification and pharmaceutical craze, it can be learned, experienced and utilized for self healing!
Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs
The Chakra system is similar to Maslow's hierarchy of needs; starting with a foundation of essential physiological needs up through psychological and spiritual needs.
Click the Sanskrit symbols below for more detailed information about each chakra.