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7 Chakras For Beginners: The Ultimate Guide

A person who practices yoga and follows the spiritual path should know and understand what processes in terms of energy occur in his/her body. All these processes are eventually reflected down into the physical plane affecting health, habits, positive and negative qualities of a person. The knowledge about the structure of the subtle body will help the yogi to understand what is happening to him/her on different levels of spiritual development and healing. Moreover, this knowledge will help an individual understand how to accumulate more energy, to preserve it, in order to direct it towards spiritual development, healing, and helping others.

This article is the ultimate guide to 7 chakras for beginners. This guide includes very important information about the structure of our subtle body, its functions, how the chakras affect our consciousness, and hence our motivation and goals. I believe that after reading this article, you will have a better understanding of what chakras are and how this subtle energy works within your body.

Here it is the Ultimate Guide to 7 Chakras for Beginners!

Chakras For Beginners

What Is A Chakra?

I want to start my Guide to 7 chakras for beginners with explaining what chakras are and how they work.

A Chakra is an energy center in the subtle body, which is a place of intersection of Nadi channels through which the prana (life energy) flows.

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Chakra is translated as “wheel”. This term refers to wheels of energy throughout the body.

There are seven main chakras, which align the spine, starting from the base of the spine through to the crown of the head. These seven chakras (or energy centers) are very important parts of our energy body. The chakras not only control and energize the vital organs of the body but also control and affect our psychological and spiritual conditions. Hence, chakras are energy vortices which have certain physical, psychological, and spiritual functions.

The appearance of the chakra depends on the speed of the energy rotation. Under normal conditions, the rapid clockwise and counterclockwise energy rotations produce an optical effect making chakras look like lotus flowers with many petals. These petals are optically produced by the combined motions of pranic energy moving clockwise and counterclockwise. Therefore, chakras are usually depicted as lotus flowers with many pointed petals.

What Are Chakras’ Functions?

Chakras have several important functions, such as:

  1. Absorption, digestion, and distribution of prana to the different parts of the body;
  2. Control, energizing, and proper functioning of the whole physical body;
  3. Some chakras are responsible for psychic abilities. Hence, the activation of certain chakras may result in the development of certain psychic abilities.

Nadi Channels

The chakras’ state is very dependent on the state of Nadis (the energy channels).

Nadis are the channels through which the energies such as prana of the physical body, the subtle body, and the causal body are said to flow. These channels connect at special points of intensity – the chakras.

There are three main Nadis:

  1. Sushumna (in the center) – interpenetrates the cerebrospinal axis;
  2. Ida (on the left) is associated with lunar energy. It has a moonlike feminine nature with a cooling effect;
  3. Pingala (on the right) is associated with solar energy. It has a sunlike masculine nature with heating effect.
Main Nadis and Chakras for beginners

What Happens When Nadis Get Blocked?

Nadis run from the base of the spine to the head.

These channels permeate chakras bringing their energy with specific properties. A blockage of the energy channels affects the operation of the chakras.

If Nadis are clogged, the person is exposed to worldly desires. The energy can not freely circulate through the clogged Nadi and accumulates in different parts of the body. When this happens, impure vibrations enter the chakra and influence the mind. Under this influence, a person performs actions for the satisfaction of worldly desires. In the process of such actions, negative karma is created.

Thus, you can see that our chakras are connected to our karma. That is why for our spiritual evolution we need to cleanse our Nadis and chakras. When the Nadis are purified, worldly desires (attachments) leave us and we can focus on our spiritual path.

7 Chakras For the Beginners

Now let’s focus on the main part of this article – 7 main chakras for the beginners.

Root Chakra (Muladhara)

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I want to start my 7 Chakras for Beginners Guide with talking about the Root chakra or Muladhara.

Muladhara is considered a source of vitality and survival.

This chakra is located in the perineum of men and in the cervix of women.

Muladhara is a red Lotus with four petals.

It affects the organs of excretion and reproduction, the gland organ and hormonal secretions. Muladhara is directly related to the nose and sense of smell, as well as our animal instincts.

In the area of Muladhara, human evolution begins. And it is from the Root chakra that Kundalini rises.

People who have a strong Muladhara chakra are usually very strong physically, but if they do not develop, then, as a rule, their development stops.

In the Vedic tradition, it is believed that those people who have a pure and balanced Muladhara chakra live in harmony with the Mother Earth and with the goddess of fertility and prosperity Lakshmi.

Bija mantra: Lam.

The patron planet: Mars.

Element: Earth.

When Muladhara is clogged in the Ida channel a person is in a state of ignorance.

When Muladhara is clogged in the Pingala channel a person feels hatred and is even capable of murder.

When Muladhara is clogged in the Sushumna channel a person experiences joy when others suffer. Such a person is always focused on hatred.

When the Root chakra is not balanced a person feels lethargy, apathy, and physical fatigue.

After the cleansing and activation of Muladhara person is blessed with health.

It is believed that if at the moment of death a person leaves the body through the Muladhara chakra, he transforms into a hellish world.

Muladhara accumulates the energy of killing if a person kills or participates in the process of killing animals or people. For example, hunters, fishermen, those who consume animals, those who start wars – their Muladharas accumulate the energy of killing. Hence, such people cannot improve their karma for a very long time. Even if such people are engaged in spiritual practices usually they do not achieve great results.

For more information about Muladhara chakra and powerful techniques to balance it read my article: 11 Powerful Techniques For Root Chakra Healing

Sacral Chakra (Svadhisthana)

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The next chakra that I want to describe in my Chakras for Beginners Guide is the Sacral chakra or Svadhisthana.

Svadhisthana is located above the Muladhara, just above the genitals.

It is an orange Lotus with six petals. It is associated with the sacral plexus, with the organs and glands of the genitourinary system and reproduction system. Svadhisthana is connected with the tongue and the sense of taste.

The imbalance in Svadhisthana leads to selfishness and ignorance. If we analyze and look at what is being promoted in modern society (the corruption of morality, aggressive sexuality, the introduction of juvenile and gender technologies, the use of taste enhancers in food, the promotion of drugs, including alcohol and tobacco), it becomes clear why selfishness and ignorance are dominated in the modern world.

Although this chakra gives people creative abilities, when it’s not balanced and not aligned with other chakras, such abilities are usually expressed through the extreme emotionality and lower sexuality (connected to animal instincts). Therefore, if people create music, paintings, write novels, dance, etc. at the level of this chakra, they are able to make an imbalance in the chakras of those people who perceive such “art”. For example, aggressive sexuality in a dance (caused by an imbalance in the performer’s Svadhisthana) translates the audience into a state of ignorance. Therefore, such art can be extremely destructive not only for the artist but also for his/her followers.

There are three states of consciousness affected by Svadhisthana:

1.Ignorance

This state is expressed in the unbridled craving for pleasure and satisfaction of desires. People with this state of consciousness have an extremely strong desire for pleasure, even through self-destruction (drugs, alcohol, smoking, polygamy, etc.). They experience lust and desire for sense gratification, despair, self-searching, fears, and various phobias.

This is the level of survival instincts and reproduction. For such a person, it becomes very important to build good relationships with other people, to be approved by society, be liked and even admired by other people. The life of such a person lies between pleasure and entertainment.

2. Passion

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In this state, a person experiences great unrestrained desires, mostly lustful. Such people are attached to taste, pleasure, and sex.

3. Balance

When Svadhisthana is balanced, a person shows flexibility in communication. He/she can engage in spiritual practice without falling into fanaticism.

Beeja mantra: VAM

Patron planet: Venus

Element: Water

When Svadhisthana is clogged in the Ida channel a person is unable to distinguish the truth from the lie. In other words, such a person sees good in harmful things and Vice versa. For example, some people think that alcohol and drugs help them to relax and feel good but in reality, they do more harm than good. This is an example of the Ida channel being clogged.

When Svadhisthana is clogged in the Pingala channel a person experiences jealousy, anger arising from sexual dissatisfaction.

When Svadhisthana is clogged in the Sushumna channel a person is greedy for sexual pleasure.

When a person has problems in Svadhisthana chakra a person experiences a connection with the lower astral world and becomes an object of astral attacks.

When Svadhisthana is balanced people experience inspiration, have poetic talent, are able to control sexual desires, feel love for others. Such people are very attractive to others not for their aggressive sexuality but for their purity and innocence.

People with a balanced Sacral chakra live long and always look very young. In addition, such people have clairvoyance at a very high level, because they receive answers from their Higher Selves, and not from the astral entities of the lower level.

Svadhisthana can be a reason for lower back problems. The thing is that the majority of people drain a huge amount of energy through the Svadhisthana chakra. Through promiscuous sex and various sensual pleasures, people get their Svadhisthana chakras “infected”.

If a person can’t control emotions and sexual desires he/she clogs the Svadhisthana chakra, thus forming a habit or addiction for the next life.

Leaving this world through the Svadhisthana chakra, a person can be embodied in the animal kingdom. It happens because this is what these people are manifesting during their life – animal instincts. If your animal instincts are your priority then don’t be surprised to arrive in your next life as an animal!

For more information about Svadhisthana chakra and simple tips to balance it read my article: 8 Simple Tips On How To Harness the Power Of Your Sacral Chakra

Solar Plexus Chakra (Manipura)

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The third chakra that I want to talk about in my chakras for beginners guide is the Solar Plexus chakra or Manipura.

Manipura is located behind the navel within the spinal column.

It is a yellow Lotus with ten petals.

Manipura affects the digestion process and the absorption of food and prana. It is also connected with the eyes and vision.

At the level of Manipura consciousness is still limited to the coarser levels of existence such as sensuality, ambition, and greed.

When a person’s consciousness is aligned with Manipura such person has a certain level of stability in life – he/she has a house, doesn’t starve, has enough money to live a comfortable life, has a life partner and a good family. However, when people stop their development on this level, they can easily become manipulative and force others to live according to their rules.

It is believed that Manipura is responsible for all our external social activities.

When a person’s consciousness is aligned with the three lower chakras (Muladhara, Svadhisthana, and Manipura) it refers to the material level of existence. Even if these people try to follow the spiritual path they still can’t experience a deep understanding of spiritual knowledge and spiritual maturity.

When people with Manipura level of consciousness get married their motivation is always conditional. It’s never a marriage that is based on unconditional love but a marriage that is based on the question: “What can I get by marrying this person?”. The motivation can be different: a good wife, a good father for my kids, financial stability, social status, etc. No matter what your motivation for marriage is, if it’s based on anything but unconditional love, it’s just a contract that shows a certain level of spiritual immaturity.

There are three states of consciousness affected by Manipura:

1.Ignorance

Greed, selfishness, pride, spiritual materialism (attachment to the result of spiritual practice) are the qualities of the ignorance on the Manipura level. If you have a desire to show off and prove that you’re better than anyone else then your consciousness is matched with this level.

2.Passion

Overeating, greed, intellectual greed are the qualities of the hyperactivity of the Solar plexus chakra. Usually, such people accumulate knowledge without expressing it practically and without sharing it with others. Such people usually use lots of slang in their speech.

3. Balance

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Manipura in a balanced state is manifested as the ability to sacrifice for the development of others. Such people always move forward and develop great willpower. They have the ability to understand other people. Due to the fact that people at this level begin to act actively in society, they have a sense of responsibility for their actions, responsibility to others. They understand that if they want to be leaders they have to be responsible. Such people understand that the more power they have the bigger responsibility it brings.

Beeja mantra: RAM

Planet protector: the Sun

Element: Fire

When Manipura is clogged in the Ida channel it causes the inability to distinguish healthy food from harmful as well as true helpful knowledge from harmful.

When Manipura is clogged in the Pingala channel people have the desire to use science for evil purposes.

When Manipura is clogged in the Sushumna channel people have greed for food, material things, and science.

For more information about Manipura chakra and ways to balance it read my article: 8 Ways To Balance Your Solar Plexus Chakra For Success In Life

Heart Chakra (Anahata)

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Here we are halfway through my 7 chakras for beginners guide!

Now let’s talk about the Heart Chakra or Anahata. It’s located above Manipura, near the heart.

Anahata chakra is depicted as a Lotus with twelve green petals. It is connected to the solar plexus, the heart, the respiratory organs, and the thymus and is responsible for the qualities of absolute love without separation and distinction, hatred, compassion and cruelty, peace, etc.

Anahata is also connected to the hands and the sense of touch.

When the consciousness of a person rises to the level of the Heart chakra, he/she focuses on his spiritual path, discovers his/her purpose in life and spiritual mission. Such people have developed love and compassion for others, and they build their lives on these principles. These people practice the main principle of conscious living – “no harm”. They are more focused on how to live without harm than on their desires and search for pleasure. And this is where they find the biggest happiness – in their ability to serve people, planet and all beings that live on Earth.

There are three states of consciousness affected by Anahata:

1.Ignorance

People with this state of consciousness have no idea what true love is. They have a delusional perspective of love and often suffer from unrequited love. The problem here is that such people don’t love themselves but hope to discover self-love through the love that another person can give them. However, they never find such love because according to the law of attraction we always attract what we project. And if there is no self-love there will never be a balanced romantic relationship.

2. Passion

People with this state of consciousness have such symptoms as jealousy and passion. Such people, always try to fully control the feelings of another person and usually build a relationship based on attachments. These people never have a balanced healthy relationship. They feel bored in such a relationship. These people need drama to feel alive.

3. Balance

People with this state of consciousness want other people to be happy. They turn their relationship in selfless and unconditional service. Such relationships are free from jealousy and based on unconditional love, compassion, and peace. They understand what true love is and this is what they give to their partners.

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Beeja mantra: YAM

Patron planet: Jupiter

Element: Air

When Anahata is clogged in the Ida channel it creates an attachment to illusions.

When Anahata is clogged in the Pingala channel it creates attachment based on selfish intent.

When Anahata is clogged in the Sushumna channel it creates attachments to love partners.

For more information about Anahata chakra and powerful ways to heal it read my article: 12 Powerful Ways To Heal Your Anahata

Throat Chakra (Vishuddha)

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The fifth chakra is the throat chakra or Vishuddha.

The Throat chakra is located in the middle of the throat. It has sixteen blue petals.

This chakra is associated with the cervical plexus of nerve fibers and the thyroid gland. It maintains the purity of the body and mind. Vishuddha is connected with the ears and the sense of hearing, with the throat and speech. It awakens acceptance of the vicissitudes of life, mental balance, and sensitivity to the needs of others.

There are three states of consciousness affected by Vishuddha:

1.Ignorance

People with this state of consciousness build their lives based on the confrontation and struggle out of inertia.

2. Passion

Such people build their lives based on the principle – the end justifies the means. They live according to rationalism.

3. Balance

These people build their lives based on absolute compassion. Their communication with others is based on the principle of service to the highest good for all.

The balanced state can also manifest in the form of high art, i.e. when they are singing or playing a musical instrument, they rise to the level of mystery, and are able to project a high spiritual vibration into the perception of other people.

Beeja mantra: HAM

Patron planet: Mercury

Element: Ether

When Vishuddha is clogged in the Ida channel a person often tells lies and has a habit of idle talk.

When Vishuddha is clogged in the Pingala channel a person uses profanity in his speech and has a habit to spread slander.

When Vishuddha is clogged in the Sushumna channel a person becomes a flatterer for making people like him/her.

When Vishuddha is activated and balanced it brings fame, high social status, power, and greatness.

If a person leaves his body through the Vishudha chakra, it is believed that he will transform into the world of the Asuras or demigods. That world is dominated by confrontation because its inhabitants have not outlived the ego, vanity, and greed yet.

For more information about Vishuddha chakra and powerful ways to heal it read my article: Every Woman Should Consider A Throat Chakra Healing! Here Is Why

Third Eye Chakra (Ajna)

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The sixth chakra that I want to talk about in my chakras for beginners guide is the Third eye chakra or Ajna. It is located at the top of the spinal column near the medulla oblongata.

Ajna has two silvery-gray or colorless petals. This chakra is mainly related to higher consciousness and intelligence.

Ajna chakra represents the third eye and is known as the “gate to liberation”.

When the Kundalini energy passes through Ajna, the duality and ego disappear. As a result, a person realizes that by doing something for others, he/she actually does it for himself/herself, and by bringing benefits to others he/she brings them to himself/herself, and by harming others he/she harms himself/herself.

When Ajna is open it activates clairvoyance and the clairaudience. A person finds a connection with his/her inner Guru, Higher Self, and can easily reach Samadhi. However, activated the Third eye can’t guarantee freedom of ego. Therefore you can see that there are many people with psychic abilities that still have big egos.

Usually, people who implement large-scale projects, such as architects of large buildings and structures, sculptors working with complex and large compositions, have very strong Ajna chakra. It is believed that in the beginning, they form a model of this project in the inner world, and then through Ajna chakra implement it in the material world.

There are three states of consciousness affected by Ajna:

1.Ignorance

People with this state of consciousness use their subtle material resources, their spiritual potential, without thinking about the karmic consequences and retribution (for example, the invention of a nuclear bomb). Roughly speaking, such people try to force reality to change.

2. Passion

Implementation of projects for ego and pride purposes.

3. Balance

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People with this state of consciousness use their creative abilities for bringing the maximum benefit to others, for helping others.

Beeja mantra: OM

Patron planet: Saturn

When Ajna is clogged in the Ida channel it brings the misconception that it is possible to satisfy selfish desires and live according to ego guidance without karmic consequences.

When Ajna is clogged in the Pingala channel a person is capable of doing harm to living beings and has anger directed against the whole society.

When Ajna is clogged in the Sushumna channel it leads to intentional ignorance.

When Ajna is activated and balanced people get the ability to attract whatever they want, they can manifest and create the desired reality.

For more information about Ajna and best techniques to activate it read my article: Best Techniques For Your Third Eye Chakra Activation.

To learn more about Third Eye Opening Symptoms read my article: Third Eye Opening Symptoms Everyone Should Know.

Crown Chakra (Sahasrara)

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The last chakra I’m going to talk about in my 7 chakras for beginners guide is the Crown chakra or Sahasrara.

Sahasrara has the form of a thousand petal Lotus. It is located in the crown of the head and is associated with the pituitary gland.

When Kundalini fully activates this chakra, it is the highest experience in human evolution. When it happens there is a complete overcoming of non-duality happens. This is a state when a person’s attention can be in the material world, performing some actions, and at the same time be in the spiritual world, maintaining a connection with the Higher Self, Inner Guru, and the whole Universe.

According to some sources, Sahasrara is not considered a separate chakra but is the result of the simultaneous and harmonious operation of all the chakras, when the chakras become one column of light.

The activation of Sahasrara implies going beyond the traditional understanding of reality.

For more information about Crown Chakra Opening Symptoms read my article: Crown Chakra Opening Symptoms You Should Be Aware Of

To learn more about Sahasrara blockage symptoms and best ways to heal it read my article: Crown Chakra Blockage Symptoms And Ways To Heal It

CONCLUSION

I hope after reading my Chakra for beginners guide you get a better understanding of what a chakra is and how balanced chakras look like.

I also want to remind you that chakra healing practice can’t be achieved by just going to a healer every other month for getting some energy work done to your chakras. Reiki healing is a great modality for balancing your chakras and can be done by yourself once initiated into the practice. Chakra healing practice is, first of all, a deep self-development and self-improvement practice. Only when you’re working on yourself, following your spiritual path, practicing yoga and energy healing can you say that you’re balancing your chakras. But when you doing energy healing without transforming and developing your consciousness it’s not really easy to see any stable result of such healing.

And in the very end of this Chakra for beginners guide I want to share with you some of my articles about chakras that might be helpful in your spiritual path:

This Is How You Can Test Your Chakras By Yourself

High-Vibe Mantras For Chakras

Magical Ritual Baths For Chakra Balancing

Katya Ki is the Founder of SOLANCHA Magazine, a Metaphysical Expert, a Reiki Master, and Human Rights Attorney. She has been studying Eastern metaphysics, cosmology, and esotericism for almost 20 years now. And she's still discovering new knowledge, which is hidden in ancient teachings. During her pilgrimage to the monastery of Saint Catherine in Egypt, she discovered the SOLANCHA System. This is how the SOLANCHA journey started!

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The Ultimate Guide to Chakra Symbols & Their Meanings

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Seven main chakras ascend along the spine, from the navel to the top of the head. Each chakra has a symbol that signifies its individual characteristics and energies. These symbols are of spiritual importance and have a deep-seated meaning. This article will introduce you to chakra symbols and their meanings.

What is a Chakra?

The term ‘chakra’ comes from Sanskrit and means ‘wheel,’ signifying the movement of the energy within the human body. When this energy force flows freely, the chakras will spin, providing access to a heightened level of awareness. Each main chakra can be represented by a symbol consisting of different images, shapes, and colors.

Symbolic Representation of The Chakras

The chakras are energy centers in the body that are connected to the various aspects of our lives. Each chakra is associated with different emotions, thoughts, and energies. The seven main chakras are associated with our physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. By connecting to the chakras, we can bring balance to our lives, improve health, and gain insight into the deeper aspects of our being.

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This picture shows the seven chakra symbols.

As you can see in the above picture, each chakra is represented by a yantra with lotus flower petals. The colors associated with each chakra signify their individual energy – the chakras are laid out in the same sequence of colors as a rainbow, beginning at the bottom of the spine. By understanding chakra symbols, we can also understand the purpose of the chakras.

Chakra Symbols

The seven chakras have been represented by symbols for centuries. These symbols have come to represent each of the seven energy centers in the body. By understanding the meaning of the chakra symbols, we can gain insight into how we can work with the energy of the chakras to promote overall balance and well-being.

Root Chakra Symbol

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Muladhara chakra is the first of the seven main chakras located in the perineum and coccyx. This chakra connects us with the earth and provides a harmonious movement of energy in the body.

The Root chakra holds a complex symbol meaning, which is depicted by the alchemical symbol of the earth element. The Mudhalara is associated with this symbol, illustrating its capacity to promote grounding energy.

The four-petalled lotus symbolizes the four distinct areas of consciousness – Manas (mind), Buddhi (intellect), Chitta (consciousness), and Ahamkara (ego).

The square symbolizes fundamental life power, steadiness, and dependability. This four-sided figure is representative of essential life energy.

The Yantra within the sacred lotus flower is represented by an inverted triangle, with three points relevant to consciousness, experience, and divine entities. It is a symbol of the earth element, thus exuding grounding energy.

The Root chakra is symbolized by the color red, which is associated with feelings of power, control, and safety. Additionally, it is a representation of humanity’s birth of consciousness.

Sacral Chakra Symbol

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Svadhisthana (Sacral chakra) is located between the pelvic bones in the lower abdomen area.

The sacral chakra is represented by a symbol composed of six lotus petals, each with a specific meaning. This symbol represents the energies of the sacral chakra, which are related to creativity, emotions, sexuality, and abundance. The color associated with this chakra is usually orange. Each of the six petals of the symbol is meant to signify a different area of life that the sacral chakra influences.

The Svadhishthana, more commonly known as the sacral chakra, is our main energy center. It is associated with water, signifying flexibility, activity, and vitality.

The six-petal lotus associated with the sacral chakra symbolizes the overcoming of negative emotions and qualities, such as anger, jealousy, cruelty, hatred, and pride. This is believed to allow us to embrace our divine qualities.

The circles depicted in the Yantra symbolize the water element and the moon, signifying the repetitiveness of life’s stages, such as birth, death, and revival.

The crescent moon is a representation of cycles and flux, chaos, and perpetual activity.

The orange color is associated with the sacral chakra. It is a stimulating and vibrant hue that symbolizes the chakra’s effects on sexuality, closeness, intimacy, creativity, and imagination.

Solar Plexus Chakra Symbol

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The Solar plexus chakra is called “Manipura,” which means “lustrous gem.” The Manipura chakra is responsible for our ability to follow our true path without being distracted. It’s responsible for creativity, intelligence, ego, curiosity, and clarity of mind.

The location of the Manipura chakra is in the Solar Plexus area, just above the navel.

The representation of the Solar plexus chakra symbol is associated with the fire element and the sun.

The ten petals of the solar plexus chakra symbolize the ten pranas that are within us: Prana, Apana, Udana, Vyana, Samana, Naga, Kurma, Devadatta, Krikala, and Dhananjay.

The inverted triangle symbolizes the act of redirecting vital force downwards through the chakras to impede the flow of Kundalini.

The yellow color symbolizes our inner Light, which is connected to our self-esteem, confidence, and self-respect.

Heart Chakra Symbol

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The Heart chakra is the fourth chakra located in the center of the body. In Sanskrit, the heart chakra is called Anahata, which means an unharmed, spiritual place where past resentment and experiences cannot hurt us anymore. 

Anahata chakra is linked to the air element.

Located in the center of the chest, the Anahata chakra connects our physical and spiritual nature by connecting the three lower chakras (Root, Sacral, and Solar Plexus chakras) with the three higher chakras (Throat, Third Eye, and Crown chakra).

The Heart chakra is represented by a twelve-petalled lotus. Each lotus petal is symbolic of twelve special qualities: love, joy, balance, intelligence, sympathy, mercy, serenity, lucidity, sensitivity, cleanliness, tenderness, and absolution.

The six-pointed star is a symbol of the harmony created when masculine and feminine energies come together. It is depicted as two overlapping triangles, one facing up and one down, combining to form the star shape. This balance of the male and female essences creates the star.

The hexagram is a symbol composed of two triangles, which symbolize how the heart chakra works to link the energy system together.

The green color of the chakra symbolizes our capability to extend, acquire, and cure, helping us to part with hurt and sorrow.

Throat Chakra Symbol

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The Vishuddha, otherwise known as the throat chakra, is closely correlated with the capacity for self-expression and communication. When this chakra is blocked, it can have a negative effect on one’s authenticity. Vishuddha is associated with the ether element.

The Throat chakra is represented by the sixteen-petaled lotus. The Sanskrit language has sixteen vowels, which are symbolically represented by the sixteen petals of the lotus. These vowels are gentle and effortless, embodying the lightness of verbal expression.

The inverted triangle is a representation of the power from the lower three chakras, channeled and rotating towards the higher energy centers.

The circular symbol for this chakra includes a white circle. This shape is associated with the full moon, which stands for the process of releasing.

The blue color of Vishuddha is associated with promoting emotional well-being as it is seen to represent tranquillity, honesty, reliability, and wisdom.

Third-Eye Chakra Symbol

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Ajna, the third eye chakra, is located at the center of your forehead. This chakra controls and energizes the pineal gland and the nervous system. It also allows us to see things as they really are through our inner vision and wisdom. Therefore, it is often called “the Third Eye.”

A circle with two petals represents the Third eye chakra. The two petals symbolize the seed syllables and the bond connecting the individual with the divine.

The inverted triangle represents an energy channel that is linked to our consciousness and our Higher self. It is seen as a symbol of the activation of the pineal gland.

The indigo color of the Third eye chakra symbolizes spiritual significance and intuition.

Crown Chakra Symbol

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The Crown chakra, or Sahasrara, is the 7th chakra located on the top of the head, directly above the top, and outside the dense body. Sahasrara is responsible for our spiritual power, spiritual transformation, spiritual evolution, and enlightenment. It is believed to be the connection between physical and spiritual realms, and a doorway for our spiritual journey.

Sahasrara is represented by a circle with a thousand petals which stands for our connection to the divine and unity with the Universe.

The circle represents the cyclical nature of the Universe and the continuity of energy.

Sahasrara appears in a combination of two colors – violet and white. These vibrant colors shine from the crown of the head, symbolizing illumination and spiritual growth.

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8 Warning Signs You’re Falling Into Spiritual Materialism

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Walking the spiritual path is a tricky adventure. We are often deceiving ourselves into thinking we are developing spiritually when instead we are strengthening our egocentricity through spiritual techniques. This kind of self-deception is called “spiritual materialism” which is a “toxic” form of spirituality.

In this article, I want to share with you what spiritual materialism is and 8 warning signs you could be practicing it.

What Is Spiritual Materialism?

Spiritual materialism is a term coined by Chögyam Trungpa in his book Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism. 

This term is used to describe mistakes spiritual seekers commit which turn the pursuit of spirituality into an ego-building and confusion creating endeavor, based on the idea that ego development is counter to spiritual progress.

Spiritual materialism means making use of spirituality to gratify the desires of the ego.

No matter what the practice or teaching, ego loves to wait in ambush to appropriate spirituality for its own survival and gain.

– Chögyam Trungpa

According to Chögyam Trungpa, spiritual materialism can fall into three categories:

#1: Physical materialism

This form of materialism is based on the belief that possessions can bring release from suffering. However, in fact, they may bring temporary happiness but then more suffering will follow. Or on another level, physical materialism can manifest itself as a belief, “I am rich because I have this or that” or “I am a teacher because I have a diploma.”

#2: Psychological materialism

This category is based on the belief that a particular philosophy, spiritual tradition, belief system, or point of view will bring release from suffering. Therefore, seeking refuge by strongly identifying with a particular religion, tradition, philosophy, political party, or viewpoint, for example, would be a manifestation of psychological materialism. The goal of psychological materialism is to use external concepts, pretexts, and ideas to prove that the ego-driven self exists, which manifests in a particular competitive attitude.

#3: Spiritual materialism

It is based on the belief that a certain temporary state of mind is a refuge from suffering. For example, when you’re using meditation practices to create a peaceful state of mind or using drugs or alcohol to remain in a numbed out or a euphoric state, you are merely heightening the suffering when these states cease. Therefore, attempting to maintain a particular emotional state of mind as an escape from suffering, or constantly pursuing particular emotional states of mind, will actually lead to more long term suffering.

Spiritual materialism is an attachment to the spiritual path as a solid accomplishment or possession. It is said that spiritual materialism is the hardest to overcome. The imagery that is used is that of golden chains; you’re not just in chains, you’re in golden chains. And you love your chains because they’re so beautiful and shiny. But you’re not free. You’re just trapped in a bigger and better trap. The point of spiritual practice is to become free, not to build a trap that may have the appearance of a mansion but is still a prison.

– M. Caplan

Spiritual Ego

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We all need to realize that nobody is immune to spiritual materialism. As long as we have the ego, we are living on the edge. And no matter how spiritually developed you think you are, there is a tricky ego trap for each “level” of development.

Most of us have a delusional idea that the spiritual path is always steady and secure. It is only later that we begin to realize that the spiritual path is very slippery and you have to maintain balance and constant awareness not to fall into old “traps”. The thing is that the more we learn theoretically about spirituality without applying it to our everyday lives, the more likely we develop the spiritual ego in our beliefs.

Like a wolf in sheep’s clothing, the spiritual ego can hide behind judgment, spiritual dogma, or even a false sense of moral superiority over others. And this could be very dangerous for our spiritual development since it can blind us and prevent us from doing the necessary deeper spiritual work we need for inner growth and self-healing.

It’s hard to see our ego and therefore it’s hard to control it. Buddhist say that in the war of ego the loser always wins. Which makes complete sense to me. The second you realized you overcame your ego, you have fallen into its trap. Therefore, the best way you can deal with your ego is by observing it. It is by observing that you can learn how to take control of your ego.

8 Signs You Could Be Practicing Spiritual Materialism

The most important part of shadow work is taking an honest look at ourselves no matter how hard and painful it could be. Let’s take a look at 8 signs of spiritual materialism and determine which ones could be describing us.

Sign #1: Spiritual Superficiality

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Modern forms of spirituality and therapy are often accused of selling superficial and sunny answers to life’s complexity and pain. Spirituality isn’t about protecting ourselves from real-life challenges. Any philosophy that is based on the belief that thinking positively always protects us from suffering and emotional pain, or that there is something wrong with you if you suffer or fail, is offering superficial promises.

Sign #2: Spiritual Elitism

Spiritual elitism is based on using spiritual ‘achievements’ or ‘gifts’ to disconnect from and feel superior to others. If you find yourself becoming unbearably profound, feeling that you are somehow different from others and destined for sainthood, perhaps you are suffering from grandiosity.

Our desire to be special can be manifested in many different self-aggrandizement ways, like:

  • Claiming to have “special access” to spirit guides, Ascended Masters, angels, spirits, etc.;
  • Claiming to be the reincarnation of a guru, superior being, a famous spiritual historical figure, etc.;
  • Claiming to figure out all the world mysteries, conspiracy theories, governments’ secrets, etc.;
  • Claiming access to special and exclusive spiritual knowledge that others can’t access.

In order to overcome this trap, ask yourself: “Do I really need to prove my specialness by using different titles (like lightworker, Starseed, etc.), the memories (or fantasies) about my past incarnations, etc.?”

Sign #3: Spiritual Shopping Obsession

Do you find yourself habitually buying spiritual trinkets/tools/items or accumulating the blessings and initiations from sages, shamans, saints, etc.? Does having spiritual items make you feel more “special,” “awakened,” “aligned” or spiritually worthy. If so, you could be practicing spiritual materialism!

The truth is all those endless workshops, tools, trinkets, and techniques which all promise to make you a wiser, more intuitive, more blissful, more “spiritual” person, are designed for distracting your attention from profound spiritual practice. You see, in order to follow your spiritual path you don’t need to “look” or “feel” spiritual. All you need is already inside you.

Sign #4: Entertaining Spirituality

This is a common trap many seekers get into. Instead of enjoying the blessings of everyday life, you seek after entertaining spirituality and supernatural experiences like angelic visitations, seeing visions, meeting UFOs, spirit guides, Ascended Masters, beings from other planets and dimensions, etc. All these supernatural experiences can be a part of your spiritual journey. However, if they are your main focus, you could be practicing entertaining spirituality.

Sign #5: Ripping Off the Traditions

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Many modern seekers skim off the ritual trappings of a tradition with little respect for the depth behind it. This attitude trivializes powerful spiritual systems that often demand years of study. It is so important to be committed to your spiritual practice and realize the difference between carefully creating a spiritual path that includes genuine practices from a variety of traditions, rather than flitting from flower to flower like a drunken honey bee.

Sign #6: Power Abuse

Another sign of spiritual materialism is the disparity between spiritual teachings and the behavior of teachers. These are the things to be wary of:

  • extravagant claims of enlightenment or healing;
  • minimizing the hard work that accompanies any true spiritual or healing path;
  • excessive commercialism that betrays the deeper spiritual message;
  • blind adherence of followers.

With their deceitful double standards, some gurus, healers, and spiritual teachers have given mentorship a bad name and tarnished the image of humbling oneself to wiser and more experienced spiritual guides.

Sign #7: Spiritual Narcissism

The spiritual narcissist unconsciously believes he/she is more “awakened” than others and will do anything to reinforce that “specialness” including harming others through arrogance and forcing his/her beliefs on them. They also use spiritual jargon that you can relate to when recruiting their victims. A spiritual narcissist will make you think that you have a special gift or that you are their soul mate when in a real sense they are grooming you for the abuse

Do you always back your desires with only those spiritual facts that suit you? Then, you could be developing spiritual narcissism. Be mindful when you purposely omit those facts that don’t advance your course.

There is a thin line between narcissism and “following your bliss.” Be aware of your tendency toward excessive self-centeredness even as you work to heal and love your own tender self.

Sign #8: Future Obsession

Do you believe that if you do certain spiritual practices or chant certain mantra you will get to a special elevated state of consciousness in the future? Well, there is nothing wrong with this belief unless you become so possessed with your future achievements that you stop living in the present moment. If you become too obsessed with your future and stop recognizing the fundamental ego-centricity of this obsession, you could be stuck in another spiritual materialism trap!

The Bottom Line

The spiritual path can be a truly joyous and satisfying journey of self-realization. It quickly becomes very clear to anyone who has spent significant time on their journey that the path is riddled with many obstacles and traps designed specifically for the ego.

Have you found yourself saying “They are Asleep”, “I am Awake” or any other self-proclaimed statements of spiritual achievement in comparison to others? This type of comparison can be the first of many dangerous behaviors that can lead a hopeful spiritual student down a path of despair, spiritual degradation, and unfortunate suffering.

True spiritual development is almost always a long and arduous journey that spans many years and lifetimes. Maintaining a high level of compassion and humility along with a strong desire to serve can be a very helpful tool to ensure one keeps their ego in check.

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Abundance Haircuts In February 2023: Good And Bad Days To Cut Your Hair

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Abundance Haircuts is a sutra based on the Tibetan calendar. It reveals the negative consequences of cutting your hair on the bad days and the incredible benefits of cutting it on the good days. Dates of Abundance Haircuts are calculated according to extremely complex formulas by experienced Feng Shui Masters.

Most people in the Western world have never heard about abundance haircuts. While for Eastern people, it’s not a new practice. This article will share this powerful sutra and give you a calendar for abundance haircuts in February 2023, with good and bad days for haircuts. Pay attention to what day you’re picking for your next hair appointment – only choose good days for abundance haircuts in February 2023.

Why Is Hair So Important?

Since ancient times, people have given hair a sacred meaning. It was thought that people could connect with the Universe through one’s hair. Hair serves as an “antenna” and “guide” between our world and the world of Heaven. And so far, this knowledge has not lost its relevance. Hair connects us with Higher forces, cosmic energy, God, and Higher consciousness. By connecting through the hair to the Cosmos, we can fill ourselves with the energies of abundance and health.

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There were many beliefs associated with hair; some of them have survived to the present day. For example: in any case, you should not get a haircut by yourself, as in this case, deformation of your energy field may happen, which can lead to health problems and energy loss. It is also not recommended to get a haircut on the days of a lunar or solar Eclipse: the hair can suffer, weaken, and lose shine and volume.

What Are “Abundance Haircuts”?

It has long been known that there are days when it is especially favorable to cut hair. Among these days, there are days of “Abundance haircuts.”

Abundance haircuts are a special ritual to attract abundance flows into your life. It is good to say abundance affirmations and mantras on this day. So you will strengthen the ritual haircut and make it a more effective and efficient force.

Here are examples of the mantras:

  • For wealth and abundance: OM TARE TUTTARE TURE MAMA BASU PUSHTIM KURU SOHA
  • Mantra for vitality and life force increase: OM TARE TUTTARE TURE MARITSE YE TSE BHRUM NRI DZA SOHA
  • For fame, power, and charisma: OM TARE TUTTARE TURE BODHI CITTA SOHA
  • Mantra for health and longevity: OM TARE TUTTARE TURE MAMA AYUR PUNYE JNANA PUSHTIM KURU YE SOHA
  • For magnetism and attractiveness: OM TARE TAM SOHA

If you are not a mantra practitioner, you can use affirmations instead.

Examples of abundance affirmations:

  • I deserve to be abundantly happy and healthy!
  • My abundance is constantly growing!
  • I always have money for everything I need!
  • Money comes to me easily and fast!
  • I’m grateful for my abundant life!

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