The human body is made up of seven chakras, or body centers, from which energy flows in both directions. This is what most esoteric teachings are telling you and shouldn't come as a surprise to anybody. What most people don't know, however (unless they have read my papers) is that there are also five chakras outside of the body, which make us connect with the Outer Universe. For those who are not familiar with the chakra system, I will list the 12 chakras here:
1. The Root Chakra (or the Red Chakra) is located at the base of the spine, in the coccygeal region (the 3-5 separate or fused vertebrae below the sacrum, which is the large, triangular bone at the base of the spine). The first three chakras are the "Survival Chakras," and this particular one has to do with "fight-or-flight", when survival of the body is threatened.
It is related to instinct, security, and survival, but also to sexuality. It also has a relation to the sense of smell (something that usually diminishes with age - more so in men than in women).
2. The Sacral Chakra (or the Orange Chakra) is located in the sacrum, which is the large, triangular bone at the base of the spine and the upper back part of the pelvic cavity. It corresponds with the testes and the ovaries that produce the various sex hormones involved in the reproduction cycle. It is also generally connected to the genitourinary system and the adrenals and is associated with relationships, violence, addictions, basic
emotional needs, and pleasure. On a physical level, it corresponds to reproduction, on the mental level, it has to do with creativity, and on the spiritual level, it governs enthusiasm.
3. The Solar Plexus Chakra (or the Yellow Chakra). This chakra is related to the metabolic and digestive systems. It plays a major role in converting food matter into energy, and digestive problems often stem from blockages in this chakra. It also governs issues of personal power, fear, anxiety, opinion-formation, and introversion.
4. The Heart Chakra (or the Green Chakra, also sometimes the Pink Chakra) is the most important chakra for us humans now when we are evolving.
Although we want to open all chakras eventually and be able to be in charge of them, the Fourth Chakra, The Heart Chakra is what we always need to pay attention to.
One of its symbols is the hexagram, or the sixpointed star, which basically is two triangles, put together - one pointing up and the other pointing down. On this level, it signifies the male and the female polarities, and the union thereof.
The Heart Chakra is related to the thymus, located in the chest. It has to do with the immune system as well as being part of the endocrine system. This chakra is involved when fighting off disease and can be adversely affected by stress.
The Heart Chakra involves complex emotions, compassion, tenderness, unconditional love, equilibrium, rejection, and well-being. Physically, it governs circulation - emotionally, it governs unconditional love for the self and others - mentally, it governs passion - and spiritually it governs devotion.
5. The Throat Chakra (or the Blue/Turquoise Chakra) is parallel to the thyroid and responsible for growth and maturation and clarity of speech, stemming from fluent thoughts and clarity of mind. It governs communication, independence, and security. In Dream Yoga, it plays a dominant role in lucid (conscious) dreaming. 213
6. The Brow Chakra/The Third Eye corresponds to the colors violet, indigo, and deep blue and is linked to the pineal gland, which has to do with envisioning. The pineal gland produces melatonin, which regulates the sleep cycle and when to wake up. This chakra is balancing the Higher and Lower Selves and trusting inner guidance. It also has to do with intuition.
7. The Crown Chakra (or the Multicolored Chakra) is generally considered the chakra of pure consciousness and is located either on the crown of the head or just above the crown of the head. It also symbolizes wisdom and the death of the body.
Its inner aspect deals with the release of karma, the physical action with meditation, the mental action with universal consciousness and unity, and the emotional action with beingness. However because most teaching orders let the chakra system stop here, this chakra is thus the highest, but there are an additional 5 chakras, adding up to 12 chakras all together (we live in a universe of 12+1, where the number 13 is reserved for the Goddess).
Hence, the Crown Chakra is also a connecting point to the upper, out of body chakras that follow. The ninth through twelfth chakras are relatively undeveloped in most humans at this point and are truly multidimensional. Not until we become more in tune with our own multidimensional selves will these chakras leave their cocoons, open like flowers in spring, and expand outward toward the point where they are supposed to be located.
8. The 8th Chakra (color unknown) is within our realm of activity. It hovers 12 inches or more above our heads. Most people keep their eighth chakra close to their physical body.
9. The 9th Chakra (color unknown) is also quite close to the body, within a few feet from it. When these nine chakras are more developed, this chakra will move out into the atmosphere of Earth to become more of an Earth chakra, connecting into the gridwork. It's a link.
10. The 10th Chakra (color unknown) is much further out, as are the 11th and 12th chakras. The 10th Chakra, once it is in line and plugged in, will be in your solar system.
11. The 11th Chakra (color unknown) will move out into our galactic system.
12. The 12th Chakra (color unknown) will be located and anchored some place in this universe.72
The chakra that we will automatically concentrate most on as we are evolving is the 4th - the Heart Chakra, which has a lot to do with compassion but also other emotions that are important for us in order for us to become multidimensional. Mahu Nahi, who wrote down the teaching from the wingmakers, talks about the Six Heart Virtues, which we would gain a lot from practicing in our everyday life.
When something happens that we have some problems with handling - whether it has to do with people or situations in general - he suggests that we take a look at the following six virtues, see which one (or which ones) apply, and then simply apply them to the situation. The Six Heart Virtues are (in alphabetical order): Appreciation Compassion Forgiveness Humility Understanding Valor If we just memorize these six virtues so that we quickly can go through them in our heads, we can then easily see which ones apply to the situation we are in. In the beginning, if it's easier, write them down on a sticky note that you bring with you in your pocket or in your purse. After a while, we'll notice that we 72 Chakras 8-12 taken from Barbara Marciniak, ©1992, "Bringers of the Dawn", pp.55-56. don't need to dig into every situation deeply and thoroughly and get lost in the complexity of it. Instead, by applying the above, many otherwise seemingly unresolvable situations can be dealt with within seconds.
I have the free pdf file Mahu Nahi offers online, called "Living from the Heart" available for download on my website, so I suggest you click here, http://wespenre.com/pdf/living-from-the-heart.pdf, and read it through. It tells you more about how to use the Six Heart Virtues.