The human body is a creation that surpasses much more than our current understanding. The body is a living temple of God incorporated with numerous meridians through which the vital energy of life flows. There are seven chakras or energy centers located in your body that act as windows to allow your body to breathe spiritually. Becoming more closely attuned to one’s energy provides balance, nurtures the healing process, and helps you to better understand the vast array of impulses, thoughts, feelings, and emotions you experience every moment.
Fifty years ago, we knew practically nothing about the human energy field. All we basically knew was that the food we ate gave us energy. The more we ate, the more energy we had. Over the past few decades, information about the human energy system has increased dramatically. There are numerous books about the human aura, the human energy field, and the chakras. There are also a variety of workshops designed to give you hands-on experience working with the human energy system, such as chakra healing, color healing, and energy healing using hands of light. The central theme of all these activities is to help us better understand how our bodies function in a physical and spiritual capacity.
Still, with all this information at our fingertips, it can be difficult to substantiate the existence of the auric energy field because it is invisible. How do we know that this energy field exists, especially for the newcomer? Kirlian photography captures the human aura, but do the pictures reveal the true essence of what our energy field looks like? The human energy system, like anything else new to your internal field of awareness, is something to which you must become intuitively sensitized and attuned. But even before you actually engage in the process of working with your energy system, you should approach the endeavor with an open mind. Make your auric energy field the central theme of focus during your meditation activities and keep in mind the first rule of thumb when considering matters of spirituality and that which is intangible.
The first rule of thumb is that anything that cannot be seen requires faith that it exists. After all, we are talking about the human energy system. The human energy system comprises the core of the invisible presence that expresses our spirituality. Spirituality and faith go together like peas and carrots, as Forrest Gump would say.
In beginning our discussion on the human energy system, let’s analyze it from a twofold perspective: physical and nonphysical. Perhaps when we understand how our energy system functions from a physical perspective we might better understand how the invisible aspect of our energy system functions. Let’s take things from a physical perspective first and begin with a very brief discussion on anatomy.
Blood is the life substance that sustains our bodies. The air that we breathe and everything that we consume is processed and absorbed into the blood. There are large arteries and many small arteries or vessels that branch off from the larger ones. The blood vessels that carry oxygen, nutrients, and all of the essential elements to support the internal structure that sustains our bodies circulates continuously through the heart. The heart is the energy center of our body. It is a miraculous instrument that gives us life. The arteries, blood vessels, and heart are the visible source of our physical body.
The vital life energy comprises the nonphysical aspect of our energy system. The meridians through which the vital life energy flows is likened to blood vessels in the body and function much in the same capacity. There are large meridians and many smaller meridians that branch off from the larger ones. The meridians flow between a series of seven chakras. Like the heart, the chakras are energy centers within the nonphysical aspect of our body. Blood flowing through veins cannot be felt, but the flow of vital force energy can be felt when a person’s inner senses are properly attuned.
The chakra energy centers allow our body to breathe spiritually. The chakras are invisible valves which govern and equalize the flow of spiritual light and energy both into and out of the body. We have seven major chakra centers, five of which are located along the spine. Chakra is Sanskrit for “wheels or centers of radiating life force.” The wheels are actually a series of vortexes within the body. ‘Tis their spinning action that connects us more closely with the Holy Spirit. The energy of our chakras can help us greatly with balancing our stride along the path of self-discovery. These energy centers are also referred to as reflectors since they take in the Light of God and reflect that Light back to the world. Let’s examine further the characteristics and functions of the chakras.
The first chakra is the root chakra and is located at the base of the spine. This chakra governs our will to live and our life force energy, and is the grounding link between us and the earth. It represents our physical energy, stability, passion, and transmutation. The color of this chakra is red, and its element is earth. It is linked with the reproductive system, lower extremities, legs and feet, testes, large intestine, rectum and prostate.
The second chakra is the sacral chakra and is located a few inches below the navel. This chakra affects our emotions, desire, creativity, sexuality, appetite, patience, endurance, self-confidence, and well-being. The color of this chakra is orange, and its element is water. It is linked with the reproductive system, ovaries, bladder, kidneys, adrenals, and is the center for detoxifying the body.
The third chakra is the solar plexus and is located a few inches above the naval. This chakra represents our personal power, will, purpose and strength, vitality, ambition, and decisions. The color of this chakra is yellow, and its element is fire. It is linked with the digestive system, stomach, gallbladder, liver, spleen, and small intestine.
The fourth chakra is the heart center and is located at the heart in the center of the chest. This chakra governs our ability to love unconditionally and aligns our love with divine love. It affects our sense of harmony, joy, peace, and acceptance. The heart chakra balances the other charkas. Its color is green, and its element is air. The heart chakra is linked to the heart and pulmonary activities, immune system, thymus, and tissue regeneration. It awakens our higher compassion and innate healing abilities.
The fifth chakra is your throat chakra and is located at the base of the throat. This chakra reflects the power of the spoken word, the ability to speak our truth, and communicate clearly and effectively. It represents listening, taking responsibility for our actions, and speaking things into being (assists in manifesting abundance). The color of this chakra is blue, and its element is spirit. It is linked to the throat, thyroid, esophagus, mouth, teeth, and vocal apparatus.
The sixth chakra is the third eye and is located between the eyebrows. This chakra is associated with the pineal gland and stimulates inner sight, clairvoyance, intuition, creative imagination, psychic abilities, and self-realization. Often referred to as the mind’s eye, this visionary center transcends multidimensional realities. Its color is indigo, and it does not have an element. This chakra is linked to the pituitary gland, brain, endocrine system, sinuses, eyes, ears, and face.
The seventh chakra is the crown chakra and located at the top of the head. This chakra reflects our spirituality, higher mind, knowing, our connection to God, and expansion of our consciousness. This chakra is the link to our past lives and the effects those energies have on us in the present. The color of this chakra is violet/white, and it does not have an element. It is linked to the pineal gland and nervous system.
As we discussed in our previous class on ‘Spirituality,’ the chakras and the meridians through which the vital life force energies flow comprise the human aura. The aura or auric energy field is also the underlying human spirit. Let’s emphasize this again. The aura and the spirit are one in the same. The aura/spirit is the field of energy that gives us life as a sentient being. All essential ingredients necessary to enable us to function are housed within our energy field. Whether these ingredients are seen or unseen is not overly important because they comprise the energy housed within the spirit. What we see is manifested energy, namely our physical body and its various parts. What we don’t see is invisible energy, such as thoughts, feelings, emotions, and all the characteristics that make up your personage. The energy comprising the auric energy field is in a constant state of fluctuation, which can be easy to relate to considering our feelings and emotions regularly fluctuate and our thoughts often run chaotic.