We Need to Talk About Body Chakras
Have you ever heard someone offhandedly complain ‘Oh, my chakras are so blocked today”? If not from someone in real life, then it has probably come up in movies or shows, often by a character who is a caricature of ‘modern spirituality’.
Body chakras are a topic that is often discussed, but not a lot of people know what they are really talking about. It just tends to be a term to drop into the conversation when someone wants to signal their “spiritual” beliefs or express their discomforts in a ‘cool’ way. So…
What are the chakras?
The study of body chakras itself is elegant and relatively simple to understand, if you can get authentic knowledge, that is. But it is once again the case of the masses looking at something that is potent spiritual knowledge from a superficial point of view.
‘Chakra’ itself means ‘wheel’ in Sanskrit, the language that for the Hinduist and some Buddhist teachings is what Latin or Greek is to Christian ones. The study of the chakras can be traced back over thousands of years in various Eastern traditions.
Simply put, the term in the Tantric tradition means a center of energy within our energetic body, almost like a traffic junction of the energy channels. There are seven main chakras in our being and they can be perceived if one learns how to do that. For accomplished yogis and yoginis anything that is energetic is as tangible, as real and as practical as any physical item around you.
What is it truly about?
This means that body chakras actually play a crucial role in your daily life. According to the tantric teachings, the condition of your chakras (i.e how open or closed they are to the “traffic of energy”) determines who you are as a person:
- The kind of thoughts you have and are able to have in the first place
- How you live your life on a daily basis
- What your values and beliefs are
- How you react and handle emotions
- What is the condition of your physical health
- What your relationships are like and so on…
Since all that you experience and process in life works through the chakras, then from the tantric perspective everything starts from the energetic level and the body chakras are your antennas of sending and receiving energy and impulses. In spirituality the aim is to have conscious access and awareness over your chakras, because only then you will be the master in your own household. If you do not control energy, it controls you. Various forms of authentic spirituality teach exactly that – to use the mechanism of the chakras for achieving spiritual results.
Learning about the body chakras is practical
Since Tantra is a study of energy and it is very much connected to the science of the chakras, then in all tantric practices the awareness of the chakras is one of the key elements.
If you are a person who is struggling with self-confidence, then there are techniques to work with a specific chakra to bring more energy to that chakra and through that increase your self-confidence. Next time you give that presentation to your boss, you will nail it! If you lack the ability to be loving and compassionate, there are hundreds of techniques in Tantra how to fix that too.
However, if you want to be more spiritual, which ultimately is the point in Tantra, then again, a vast choice of techniques is there to bring more higher spiritual resonances into your life. And the chakras are the gateways of achieving this. Just find the authentic teachings and teachers!
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