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The Chakra System

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The study of chakras is often compared to the practice of acupuncture, and indeed, the energy centers do bear a striking resemblance.

Similar to the points targeted in acupuncture, "chakras" are the term practitioners give to certain spots of concentrated energy throughout the body. Ideally, these centers, mainly located from the base of the spine to the top of your head, will allow energy to flow efficiently throughout your body and support your optimal physical, mental and emotional health.

However, certain experiences we have can weaken, disorient, or even completely block the energetic flow through our chakras. When this happens, you may begin to notice physical, mental and/or emotional symptoms associated with the affected chakra, and often another chakra will become overactive in order to compensate. Below you'll find an introduction to each of the seven main chakras (there are actually hundreds of mini chakras throughout the body) - plus, the symptoms associated with both over and under activity, what a perfect balance would look like, its associations and an appropriate affirmation. Keep in mind that stressed chakra centers may fluctuate between over and under-activity. You may find that some are strong points for you, while others need more of your attention.

The Root Chakra

The first chakra begins at the base of your spine. It represents groundedness and basic physical needs such as food, shelter and security. A person with a closed or underactive root chakra will likely feel unattached and "flighty". They tend to move from place to place and never quite feel at home. A person with an overactive root chakra may have a hard time changing anything. They will feel stuck and stagnant.

The Sacral Chakra

The second chakra is located between the genitals and belly button, near the sacral spine (thus its name). It governs our creative abilities - both artistically and reproductively. An individual with a closed or underactive sacral chakra will tend to be repressed and uninspired, while a person with an overactive sacral chakra will tend to be obsessed with sex and creative pursuits.

The Solar Plexus Chakra

The third chakra is located just above the belly button. It is our personal power center, and governs our sense of self and self-esteem. A person with an underactive solar plexus chakra needs to build their sense of self. They aren't sure who they are or what they want, so they allow others to call the shots. A person with an overactive solar plexus will try to control others.

The Heart Chakra

The fourth chakra, located by the heart, is appropriately named the heart chakra. It governs feelings of love and our ability to maintain healthy relationships with others. People with an underactive heart chakra distrust others, and they avoid close relationships and tend to be cold and distant. People with an overactive heart chakra are afraid to be alone, and so they are overly nice and clingy. They have a tendency to become doormats.

The Throat Chakra

The fifth chakra in located in the throat by the vocal cords. This chakra governs our communication - verbal, written, and artistically expressed. An underactive throat chakra leads to a lack of confidence and difficulties in expressing thoughts and feelings. A person with an overactive throat chakra is over confident and though they talk eloquently, they have a difficult time listening to others' input.

The Brow Chakra

The sixth chakra is located between your eyebrows, and is often referred to as the "third eye" chakra. It is responsible for conscience. A person with an underactive brow chakra is wandering through life without any goals or thoughts. An overactive brow chakra can cause a person to become so concerned with the planning of their life, they forget to live it!

The Crown Chakra

The seventh and final chakra is located at the top of the head. It is responsible for our connection with the spiritual realm. A person with an underactive crown chakra sees no higher purpose to life. They tend to be cynical and depressed. However, an overactive crown chakra may cause a person to lose touch with reality and forget about their physical needs.

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http://www.swamij.com/chakra-meditation.htm

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