THE TOOLS OF THE ALCHEMIST
Transmuting darkness into light, discovering more of ourselves, and uncovering the Truth.
Good day, fellow Alchemists:
One of the most commonly discussed spiritual concepts in the new age is the Chakra System, which originated from Hinduism and the Vedic Culture.
Chakras, meaning the wheel in Sanskrit, are essentially energy vortices that exist along the spine in the astral realm. You won’t find these vortices using scientific instruments, but if you focus your intuition on your internal energy, you might be able to feel some of your more active chakras pulsating.
To understand how chakras work, an explanation of something commonly referred to as Life-Force Energy may be helpful. There is a natural flow of energy that courses through all living things. Cultures worldwide have used this energy in their healing practices and studied how it relates to our role in the Universe.
Life-Force Energy is known by many names: Chi, Ki, Mana, and, of course, Prana, which is the term used in the Chakra System. If all this talk about Life-Force Energy is confusing you, try visualizing Prana as the Force from Star Wars. Both the Force and Life-Force Energy are types of energy that move throughout all living beings. Without force energy, we would not have life. The amount of energy, or Prana, you have flowing through you determines your level of health and well-being. The main objective when working with the chakras is to open and clear them, letting energy flow more smoothly.
Opening one's chakras can be a powerful experience that requires an intuitive mind to navigate through. This process is known to lead practitioners to become self-realized. There are seven chakras in total, each dealing with a different aspect of life that we must overcome.
The first chakra we will be discussing is the Root Chakra or the Muladhara Chakra, which is located at the base of our spine. Being our lowest chakra, the Root Chakra relates to the most fundamental aspect of existence, which is survival. When this chakra is unbalanced and weak, it can create feelings of uneasiness and anxiety. When overactive, it can lead a person to become overly stubborn and incapable of accepting change. Balancing your Root Chakra is necessary for living a harmonious existence, free of unwanted fear and anxiety. After all, life is not only about surviving.
The second chakra is known as the Sacral Chakra or Svadhishthana, which deals with creativity and sexuality. It is located in the abdomen, right below the navel. Living life with an underactive Sacral Chakra can be a very taxing experience. It can create sexual blockages and repress your creativity. Without our connection to the Sacral Chakra, we limit our ability to pour our imagination over into the real world. When it is flowing smoothly, we can unleash our pure creative powers, whether to create art or life.
The third chakra, located above the Sacral Chakra, is known as the Solar Plexus Chakra, or the Manipura Chakra. This chakra is all about will. The will to manifest your desires into reality and the will to control your thoughts and actions. When it is imbalanced, we can become passive and depressed. Without the stability of our Solar Plexus Chakra, we begin to lack the ability to create order in our lives. When the Solar Plexus Chakra is cleared and balanced, we become productive and reliable. Nothing can stand in the way of your will.
These first three chakras deal with the most fundamental aspects of our lives. Begin by meditating on the chakra which you feel presents to you the greatest challenge. Next time, we will be discussing the remaining chakras, along with their specific roles in spiritual development.
With love and sincerity,
The Alchemy by LA Counsel