Let me begin to outline the meaning of the 7 major chakra system. Let me also say that while I will share with you their meaning (in brief), the real understanding of these subtle energy centres is experiential. This experience of the 7 chakras is to be lived and not just understood intellectually. This means the you practice chakra healing, balance and alignment.
The 7 Chakra meaning is found in the healing, balance and alignment of what I refer to as Y-E-S. This is Your-Energy-System. It is a staged journey into the experience of union of the personal with the Universal. This alignment leads to a life of Purpose, Passion and Prosperity.
7 Chakra Meaning Menu Overview
What Are the 7 Chakra’s
If you were to Google the phrase, “What are the 7 Chakra’s?” you would be given the following results: –
The seven chakras are the centres in our bodies in which energy flows through. Blocked energy in our seven chakras can often lead to illness, so it’s important to understand what each chakra represents and what we can do to keep this energy flowing freely. www.mindbodygreen.com
Here is another description from the “What are the 7 Chakras’” search
Chakras are the circular vortexes of energy that are placed in seven different points on the spinal column, and all the seven chakras are connected to the various organs and glands within the body. These chakras are responsible for disturbing the life energy, which is also known as Qi or Prana. https://www.onetribeapparel.com
Each of these articles goes on to list each of the 7 chakras’ individually and tell you about what their primary function is.
Do any of the above descriptions inspire you? Do they answer your question as regards “meaning?” In the opinion of this writer neither description or the whole article would inspire the reader to explore the premier map of learning to live a life of Purpose, Passion, Prosperity and Presence.
Let me share with you my outline that I hope might encourage you to follow the 7 Chakra map for finding meaning and purpose in your life.
The 7 Chakra System
Defining a single chakra, or list of chakras, is like examining a single organ, or organ system of the physical body without having regard to the wholistic nature of the body/mind/spirit. Examining the body as a series of parts is the focus of Western medicine, which in fact, is not very scientific.
So let us briefly explore this wholistic map to meaning and purpose by dividing it into three levels. These three levels of the 7-chakra system are as follows: –
- Personal Development – Period of Integration
- The Bridge – Period of Transition
- Transpersonal Development – Period of Transformation
Does that not give you a greater sense of encouragement and hopefully and greater invitation to engagement? The above three levels are a map of your life as a unique human being living within this time and space dimension.
Finding Your Life Purpose
You find your unique life purpose through expressing your Y-E-S. This is Your – Energy – System. Life purpose is the full expression of your energy.
Most people live their lives in what the singer songwriter Mike Scott of the Waterboys calls The Madman in the Cave of the Skull. This is what the modern mystic Eckhart Tolle, writing in The Power of NOW – A Guide to Enlightenment calls “normal insanity.” It is the normal cultural insanity of glorifying the overthinking personal mind.
You will not find the meaning and purpose of your life through the overthinking personal mind. Thinking has to come from KNOWING and INSIGHT.
Finding your life purpose is facilitated through the healing, balance and alignment of the 7-chakra system. These, (healing, balance and alignment) are three different aspects of the process and I think many articles on the 7-chakra system confuse the three (more to come on this).
This is experiential alignment. You have to tune into your KNOWING and begin to trust your Y-E-S. This is paradoxically powerfully connected to your ability to say NO and mean it.
Stage I – Period of Integration
The 1st Stage of Chakra Healing, Balancing and Alignment begins with developing the personality and the ego. This is by way of the 1st three chakras of the 7-chakra system.
Let me briefly outline the key aspect of each of these three chakras in relation to the essential task of personal development in the 1st Half of Life.
The Root Chakra
This chakra centre or energy centre is related to your ability to feel physically, psychologically safe in the world of time and space. This relates to your ability to FEEL grounded in the present moment.
You have command (or at least to some degree) of the fight/flight/freeze reaction to stress.
The Sacral Chakra
The Sacral Chakra relates to the way in which you relate to yourself and others. If your foundational experience (root chakra) in early life was traumatic or if you did not have your needs met (which is the case for most everyone) you will enter relationships armoured, mistrustful and needy.
This was my own experience in the early stages of the 1st half of life. I so very much identify with the opening lines of one of my favourite poems by one of my favourite poets.
That Sweet Moon Language
Everyone you see, you say to them, “Love me.”
Of course you do not do this out loud, otherwise
Someone would call the cops.
Still, though, think about this, this great pull in us to connect.
Why not become the one who lives with a
Full moon in each eye that is always saying,
With that sweet moon language, what every other eye in
This world is dying to hear?
Hafiz of Shiraz
The first four lines are all about 1st and 2nd chakra imbalance. The 5th line is the beginning of the balance signified by the longing to connect. (Heart Chakra – 4th Chakra). Line six is a healthy 3rd chakra. Lines 7 is about vision (6th chakra). The last two lines are about communion (5th chakra)
So in this poem you have the journey and the meaning of the 7-chakra system.
Without a healthy, balanced and aligned sacral chakra we will engage in relationships of co-dependency rather than inter-dependency, vulnerability and intimacy. Our boundaries will be either too weak or too rigid.
The Solar Plexus Chakra
This is the chakra related to personal empowerment. This is where you get to experience the power of your personal will. This is the movement from the Will to Power to the Will to Love.
This is the energy centre where you can live a driven life because of imbalances in your lower chakras. Your sense of self worth (1st chakra) and dysfunctional relationships (2nd chakra) lead you to seek meaning in what you “do” and “achieve” rather than from “Being.”
Our Western Culture is very much a driven culture (3rd chakra imbalance). A major reason for this is due to what is called Toxic Capitalism which leaves us all abandoned and orphaned on the alter of material progress for the few.
As individuals, and as a culture as a whole, we are disconnected from Source. Without a felt connection to Source Energy there is no connection between your personal purpose (secondary) and Primary Purpose. This is where you and the Purpose of Life feel in alignment.
Without this connection to your Essential Self you will tend to be driven from the false self.
Many of us are walking the world as Hungry Ghosts. Whatever we get does not truly satisfy. This is because we are all addicted to the primary cause of suffering. This is our sense of personal felt separation from the One Life driven from attachment to our overthinking, never restful, personal mind.
Without a healthy balanced and aligned Root Chakra that gives you a sense of physical, emotional and psychological safety -without a healthy balanced and aligned Sacral Chakra we will look outside ourselves for fulfilment through others or through addictive “doing.” Our sense of self-worth will be grounded on a false self. We will seek value in what we do and acquire rather than in who we are and what we give to the world from an inner sense of Resourcefulness, creativity and Love.
The 7 Challenges of Personal Development
If this process of healing, balance and alignment is all that you do by way of personal development then you will be well ahead of most everyone else with regard to physical, emotional and psychological wellbeing.
The focus here at Yoga Journey of Life is on the healing, balance and alignment of these lower three chakras. When this happens, and it is a continuing process, rather than an end result, you have: –
- Safe Personal Boundaries.
- Are open to Intimacy.
- Experience Real Personal Empowerment.
This is the task of the 1st Half of Life. This is the stage of creating ego boundaries. During the Mid Life period, if you are blessed (although it doesn’t feel like that at the time) you will experience a crisis of meaning.
You are then drawn to explore the realm of the transpersonal. This is a 2nd Half of Life journey. There is a bridge to open and cross. This is the bridge of the heart (4th chakra). This is what I refer to as the willingness to Follow Love’s Message rather than the never-ending dictates of the overthinking mind driven from a feeling of never being enough.
With an integrated ego boundary that you begin to surrender the heart opens. You then have access to the Higher Chakras. Then in the words of the German Christian mystic Miester Eckhart you KNOW that: –
When the Higher flows into the lower the lower is transformed by the Higher – Miester Eckhart.
Most people never get to experience what it is to live as an integrated human let alone then integrate that higher aspect of Being. At best they become human “doings” that then as a collective create a planet of Do-Do.
So to give you some idea of what this 1st Stage of Chakra meaning involves I list some of the challenges you face if you decide to engage in a serious and sincere journey of integration, revelation and union (Yoga). These 9 challenges include: –
1st Stage Chakra Meaning – 7 Key Challenges
- Establish clear personal boundaries.
- Commit to inner body awareness. (LINK)
- Avoid Spiritual By-passing. (LINK)
- Balance Doing with Being.
- Explore Intimacy with self and others.
- Feel you Feelings.
- Stop being a Victim.
This is not a definitive list. Many, and even most all of these, are inter-connected. Progress in one area opens up progress in another. Be aware of the very real experience of two steps forward and one step back. Be aware that there will be times when you think you have integrated some aspect of yourself that needs healing only to find, some years later, it returns with a vengeance.
Overview of Personal Development
I am hoping that this overview of personal development related to the lower three chakras gives you as sense of the power and meaning of the 7 chakra map. Personally speaking, I think this is more valuable than simply telling you that the chakra system is a subtle energy system that you cannot touch, see and for the most part, have no feel for.
I hope you can see that these lower chakras are really foundational in inviting the KNOWING of your Life Purpose that then invites you to KNOW a Higher Love from which you can truly live with Purpose, Passion, true Prosperity and as a living Presence of Love in form.
Does that not give you some hope for your destiny that you could Companion YOUR Greatness seeded inside you. You are invited and encouraged to tend this unique seed of potential. The real work of this integration is related to the lower three chakras. My beloved Rumi says it this way:-
Your task is not the seek for Love but to remove all blocks to its realisation – Rumi.
These blocks are really YOUR energy blocks.
There is the body armour to be released (1st Chakra). There is the release of feared emotions (2nd chakra) held underground by the personal will (3rd chakra). Your task is to trust and let go so that you allow the Higher to flow into the lower. In this way your personality is lighted up from the inside and you can then declare as the poet Anna Akhmatova says:-
The Secret of Secrets is inside me again – Anna Anaktova
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