The word Chakra is derived from the Sanskrit word that translates as "wheel" or "turning". It is a concept referring to energy channels which, according to traditional Indian medicine, are believed to exist within the etheric double of the body. These "force centers" or rotating whirls of energy permeate from specific points within our physical body. They are considered the focal points for the reception and transmission of life force energies.
What Do We Do with Chakras?
The seven chakras or energy centers (also understood as wheels of light) are well documented in the traditions of the Far East as existing within the human body and are believed to influence or even govern bodily functions, emotions, and spiritual energies in that region of the spine.
Focusing on a chakra visually, emotionally, spiritually, or through any positive energy will strengthen the function of that chakra. This may result in "healing" of emotional or spiritual energies that are governed by that chakra center.
For example, if one feels weak in the area of feeling personal safety or in providing basic needs for themselves, focusing on the Muladhara or Root Chakra may heal this weakness and result in a greater ability to feel safe or to provide for one's basic needs. Focusing positive energy on all 7 chakras can create greater balance of the chakra energy centers.
The Seven Chakras in the body are outlined here along with their specific attributes. We begin with the Chakra at the base of the spine and work our way up to the crown of the head.
Description: The Muladhara Chakra is connected to physical strength determination and courage, our primal instincts for survival, our physical identity, self preservation and security.
Alternate Names: Root chakra, earth chakra, and first seat of primal energy.
Location: Base of the spine.
Sanskrit: Mula (root) adahra (support)
Governs: Groundedness to this world, feeling safe in our physical form and world regarding things, shelter, money… Pure physical safety and all that it denotes.
Weakened by: Fear, feeling physically unsafe or vulnerable.
Mantra: “I am rooted into this earth. I am deeply connected to its essence. In our truth we are one and the same.”
Description: Svadisthana is concerned with exploring our emotional truths, with exerting greater independence and exploring creative and sexual drives.
Alternate Names: Sacral chakra, the creative chakra, second seat of primal energy.
Location: Below the navel, at the mid-lower belly.
Sanskrit: Sva (self), adhisthana (abode of the self)
Governs: The truth of our emotions, our ability to establish relationships, intimately and sexually.
Weakened by: Negative emotion of any kind.
Mantra: “I am a creative being with passion for life. My relationships with others allow the continuous evolution of self. I am becoming a more and more loving, compassionate and sensual human.”
Description: Manipura connects us to the continuous process of forming our ego identity, our self definition. Helping to balance a sense of vitality, energy, personal authority our healthy power ( ie: encouraging and inspiring others in all ways), and self control.
Alternate Names: Solar plexus chakra, the seat of vitality and personal power.
Location: Solar plexus, the mid-upper belly.
Sanskrit: Mani (gem or jewel) Pura (dwelling place or city).
Governs: The mental body, our vitality, spontaneity, strength of will, self esteem, inner strength, and ambition.
Weakened by: Feelings of grief and guilt, using unhealthy power (gossip, put downs, toxic language toward oneself or others) by low self esteem, not feeling equal or enough.
Mantra: “I believe in who I can be. With willpower, strength and honesty I continuously create my self. I accept my mistakes and walk forward in life with conviction, and purpose.”
Description: Anahata, reinforces our ability to manifest and feel unconditional love.. It is the seat of balance in healthy relationships with ourselves and others, the ability to connect, relate to, validate and ultimately love ourselves and others.
Alternate Names: Heart chakra, the center of love and the seat of the individual soul.
Location: In the center of the chest between the breasts.
Sanskrit: Anahata means "unstuck".
Governs: Who we are amidst in our world and how we step forward in it. Anahata guides us lovingly in all relationships. It helps us in our journey to create compassion, acceptance and forgiveness for oneself and others.
Weakened by: Lack of trust in the strength and power of love and fear of love itself.
Mantra: “Love is the greatest purpose in life. I can love and be loved by myself and others. I can compassionately forgive with a strong heart that is infused with humble respect for all.”
Description: Vishuddha connects us to our search for our truth and and the cultivation of purity in expression of that truth. Connecting the throat chakra with the heart helps us to speak our truth lovingly. Through internal and external communication we are organizing our heartfelt thoughts into verbal expression.
Alternate Names: Throat chakra, the seat of expression
Location: In the mid-throat.
Sanskrit: Vishuddha means “pure”
Governs: communication and speech, creative self expression, speaking ones truth.
Weakened by: Lies and suppressing ones verbal truth.
Mantra: “I can speak my deepest truth to myself and others with clarity, kindness and strength."
Description: Anja connects us with our intuition in all ways, for anything. It connects us with our abilities to perceive, as we get permission to do so, more and more glimpses of our perception of our truths.
Alternate Names: Third eye or brow chakra, the seat of our perception of truth.
Location: Between the eyebrows in the brain around the pituitary gland.
Sanskrit: Ajna means “command”
Governs: Our psychic sense, power of higher intuition and perception, deep spiritual imagination
Weakened by: Avoiding ones perception of truth, refusing to explore life’s many expanding possibilities.
Mantra: "I am opening myself more and more to the perception of the truth of who I am and the potential direction of my path."
Description: The Sahasrara is where we develop the internal wisdom of truth. An endless state of pure awareness. This chakra is our connection between human and enlightened consciousness. It is the place of meditation and our seat of truth and knowing.
Alternate Names: Crown chakra, the seat of spiritual enlightenment.
Location: At the top of the head (cerebral cortex).
Colors: Violet and White
Sanskrit: Sahasrara means “a thousand petals”.
Governs: Spirituality, self realization and enlightenment, our guidance toward knowing the wisdom of “pure consciousness
Weakened by: Living without faith, without gratitude for life and from rejecting the universal truth, unconditional love.
Mantra: "I accept the infinite connection between my humanness and that which is greater than me."
About the Celestial Chakra Art Series and Artist Patrick Reiley
"Celestial Chakra’s” is a series of paintings composed with the specific intention of stimulating the imagination toward how the symbols of the chakras might look if they were formed within the creation of the cosmos. They were designed and painted by West Michigan artist Patrick Reiley to create a sense of awe and connection between us and the stars, a unity between our own creation and our link to the creation of the universe. We hope you enjoy the feeling of this connection every day. We created this fine art print to help.
About the Print Technique
This fine art reproduction is made through a unique high quality archival printing process called Giclee, (pronounced “zhee clay”). It is a French word which means”to spray or spurt ink”. Among contemporary reproduction methods, the Giclee is unequaled in resolution, color saturation and contrast of tones. Giclee prints capture the quality and spirit of the original work of art as intended by the artist. Using archival UltraChrome inks and archival enhanced matte photographic paper, we are able to produce long-lasting art prints that can remain in your family for generations.