What are chakras?
Chakras are part of our human energy system and they are the key to physical health, emotional stability, and mental health. How smoothly they function determines how comfortable we feel in our physical body, how successful our relationships are and how much inner peace we are able to enjoy.
Why work with the chakras?
Working with these energy centres enables us to learn more about who we are at our core and how to fulfil ourselves; realise our talents and gifts; and allow love and compassion to become the centre of our lives. This journey has the capacity to transform our lives and heal our energy levels, which in turn opens the way for psychological development and spiritual growth to happen. Ultimately enabling us to develop inner poise, bring our lives into balance, and help us increase our vitality, health and happiness.
Working with these energies
The chakras respond in a sensitive and intelligent manner to our thoughts and attitudes. They reflect the nature of our belief system by the levels of energy they filter. We have either an expanded or limited energy field in accordance with the attitudes and beliefs we hold. Most of us don’t reflect on our basic beliefs and yet, if we were to look at how we judge ourselves and limit our sense of joy and well-being, we might understand how we also limit our energy.
Ancient Knowledge, Modern Methods
The chakra system is ancient and is based on Eastern teachings. It took many centuries for this knowledge to travel to the western world and take root. It is thought that the earliest (surviving) book on chakras is the Sat-Cakra-Nirupaana. It’s believed that this book was written approximately 500 years ago in Sanskrit by a Bengali yogi named Purnananda.
There is also a rich history of more recent work on the chakras in the western world. Some of the most prominent individuals whose work and thinking I greatly admire include Rudolf Steiner, Carl Jung and Caroline Myss. For example, Rudolf Steiner wrote more than 300 books on esoteric subjects including the chakras; Carl Jung encouraged scientific exploration of the chakras and saw the chakra system as a model for the development of higher consciousness; and Caroline Myss who in her work as a medical intuitive compares the chakra system with the Tree of Life of the Kabbalah and the seven Christian Sacraments.
Today, for most of us in western world, we are most likely to encounter the theory of chakras in yoga classes. Hatha yoga, which was developed in India thousands of years ago as a method of attaining enlightenment, is particularly effective in rebalancing and stimulating the charkas.
"Today, in our highly charged world, we are in need of understanding this ancient knowledge about energy so that we can take charge of our lives and change the way we do things" - Ambika Wauters
Source: Maureen Owen #www.lotussapce.com.au
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