picture showing an interpretation of the chakras and part of the energy field: theologue by alex grey. copyright: alex grey http://www.alexgrey.com
i remember seeing some basic information about chakras a while ago, and i thought that was existence of chakras were unlikely….until i had experience with working with them…
the theory of chakras are found in a number of traditions including india and south america, and some suggest that the acupuncture points in chinese medicine are actually small chakras. i remember alberto villoldo saying how someone once said to him ‘i thought chakras are hindu’, to which he responded something like ‘and i thought livers and kidneys are western’. and of course, if they are ‘real’, they will be found by different traditions….as well as being passed on through generations….
while in india, 7 chakras are mainly worked with, the q’ero ‘hatun laika’, don jicaram, alberto villoldo’s mentor in ‘dance of the four winds’ and other books, tells alberto of 9 main energy centres/chakras (also known in the quechua language as ‘ñawi’) – seven at the level of the human body, and two outside human body. it is said that these chakras metabolise life energies from nature, e.g. from plants, animals water, air, sunlight. this life energy is called the ‘chi’ (qi) in some traditions, utilised with exercises like qi gong for example. for the Q’ero, it is called ‘causay’. like sunlight through skin, air through the respiratory system, and food through the digestive system, ‘causay’ ‘chi’ is said to come into the body through chakras. and move round the body, similar to food and water moving in their own way around the body.
this may be related to the meridian channels and acupuncture points. alberto in one of his books studied with a man who worked with ‘rivers of light’ and specific points with people who came to him for healing. Alberto noticing the similarities to merdians in chinese medicine, asked him to draw these paths of energy over alberto’s body, took a photo, and found they compared exactly to the meridians of chinese medicine texts. similar to how lungs both bring in and release air, energy is also released through these chakras. and similar to how, in the ‘physical’ body, if respiratory tracts (for example) became clogged up, or blocked, the body would become affected, so too with the chakras. if the chakras become blocked with ‘hucha’ energy (heavy energy that does not belong in the persons energy field), the energy field is affected, and this is turn also can affect the mind and body. energy also comes from/through the 9th chakra, and flows through the other chakras.
it is also said that chakras can extend luminous threads that reach beyond the body, connecting us with trees, rivers forests and other people there are also smaller energy points, such as those used in acupuncture, including in the palms of the hands (often used by spiritual healers to channel healing energy. sensing the chakras moving the palm of the hand around the places of the chakra, with the intention and focus to sense the chakra, many find it possible to sense the chakras, through sensing the changes of energy in these places, even as much as to feel the shape and texture of the chakra area. this sensing may be picked up kinaesthetically, through the skin (which is how i find where the chakras are for illuminations etc), and some people have said about being able to visually see the chakras (alex grey the artist of the painting above, depicts in many of his pictures how some see them visually, more examples are in his books, paintings and website http://www.alexgrey,com).
the sensing of these chakras can be strengthened with the qawaq rites (the seer rites) of the munay ki and traditional medicine wheel, but it is possible to sense them before that. practising awareness and of sensing changes of energy into the room also can also help strengthen this sense (most of us have probably sensed the energy of someone staring at them before looking to see that they are doing so, or sensed the energy of what is happening in a situation, or sensed the energy of someone come into the room without seeing or hearing them). and like any other sense, the more it is practised, the stronger the sense can become.
places of the main ‘chakras’ or ‘energy centres’ :
the first main chakra (the ‘base chakra’) at about place of the pubic bone.
the second (the sacral chakra) is just below the bellybutton, roughly about ¾ of a hand span from the base chakra. (the handspan measurements are very rough, some are taken from the bottom of the chakra, others the top, and expect it’s slightly different for each person).
the third (solar plexus chakra) is in between the ribs, in between the bottom ribs that meet together, just under the base of the sternum, about a hand span from the sacral chakra.
the fourth (heart chakra) is the middle of the connected ribs, about a hand span from the solar plexus chakra.
the fifth (throat chakra) is in the throat area, the ‘adams apple’ area, again about a hand span from the previous chakra (heart chakra).
the sixth (third eye) is a little higher up from the point in between the eyebrows.
the seventh (crown chakra) at the top of the head, where the gap in the baby’s skull is before it comes together. these are the well known 7 major chakras, Don Jicaram tells of more:
the 8th chakra. the egyptians called this chakra ‘ka’, the laika call this ‘wirracocha’ (which is the name of the creator or great spirit-the word means ‘sacred source’). it is around the level where halos are painted on angels and religious figures, often seen in sacred pictures. if you reach up above the head, you may be able to sense a change in energy above the head – about a hand span or so. this is outside our ‘physical’ body, and within our ‘luminous energy field’. it is said to hover above our head like a spinning sun, and to be a connection with great spirit, a place where we can feel ‘god/great spirit/creator/source’ within us.
reaching into this chakra, and expanding our luminous energy field (opening our wirracocha) helps us connect with this ‘sacred source’, and we use this as an additional sacred space in meditation, journeying, working in sessions etc. alberto also says this connection can also connect us with ancient healers from the past, who can come and assist us, give us additional guidance etc. don jicaram also gives the theory/experience, that when move on, we withdraw from physical body (which returns to earth), and we rejoin the 8th chakra – the 8th chakra expands into a luminous globe and envelops the other seven chakras in a vessel of light, a beautiful orb of light, and from then our journey continues… the 8th chakra can also manufacture another body, as it has done again and again over so many lifetimes. it is also said that this 8th chakra can lead us to biological parents, to the best life that allows us to grow spiritually, and that, as it can contain information from previous ‘incarnations’, the charged memories, beliefs, ‘contracts’ and/or imprints from the previous life might come in as imprints etc in the luminous energy field, and affect this new life (until the imprint, for example is cleared with illuminations or other method).
the 9th chakra, egyptians called ‘khu’. It is outside the luminous energy field. It is the source of 8th chakra, . It is said (and felt!) to extend throughout the cosmos, to the heart of universe, and to the heart of great spirit – at one with ‘great spirit’. While the 8th chakra is said to be where ‘the creator’/god’/’great spirit’ dwells within us, the 9th is the part of us that dwells within the creator/god/great spirit. alberto also writes that the 8th chakra is within time, while the 9th chakra is ‘outside of time’.