The word chakra is Sanskrit for wheel or disk and signifies one of seven basic energy centers in the body. Each of these centers correlates to major nerve ganglia branching forth from the spinal column. In addition the chakras also correlate to levels of consciousness, archetypal elements, developmental stages of life, colors, sounds, body functions and much more.
A chakra is a spinning vortex of energy. A human being’s energy field is complex and multi-layered and includes subtle energies which western science has only recently begun to detect. Chakras are the energetic gateways through which our various subtle energies interflow. Like electricity, chakras are invisible to the naked eye. Every human being has 7 major chakras and many hundreds of minor ones. Together they are the network through which mind, body and spirit interact as one holistic system.
Each chakra represents an aspect of consciousness vital to our lives. The ideal state is where the chakras are balanced.