Each chakra is a vibration of energy, perhaps a composite of resonant frequencies. The higher along the spine a chakra is located, the higher its frequency range.
Chakras & Nadis
Knowledge of chakras is thought to have originated in India, and Hindu and Buddhist traditions have kept this awareness alive over the centuries. Chakras are energy generators, each associated with a specific function. As often presented, seven centers comprise the chakra system. Located in proximity to the spinal column and ascending from the bottom of the spine to the crown of the head, some research presents the chakra system as a nonphysical loop of energy entering the bottoms of the feet, traversing upward, leaving the top of the head, and flowing outward and back down. Some investigations portray the chakras as having physical correlates with specific organs, often those of the endocrine glandular system, while other investigations relegate them to general locations not necessarily associated with physical organs. Invariably, though, chakras are seen as affecting the physical body as well as connecting the physical body to physical and nonphysical environments.
The lack of consistency in chakra placement may relate to their having at least three principal functions: sustaining physiological processes, modes of perception, and means of accessing non-physical segments of energy body. Ascribing non-physical energy to physical behavior seems inherently difficult, especially as each of the chakra functions can be accounted for in different ways in the same way that measurements of engine oil viscosity and hydraulics are related but are distinct technical specialties. In like manner, there are different pathways for health-related physiological and general perceptual capacities.
Each chakra is a vibration of energy, perhaps a composite of resonant frequencies. The higher along the spine a chakra is located, the higher its frequency range. Thus chakras extend from the base-level of red through the physical light spectrum to violet. Accordingly, within your body you have a rainbow, the shade of which varies according to the person. These centers, combined with additional vertical channels of opposite polarity, are often referred to as the kundalini system or tract.13 They may also be thought of as discrete dimensions, or planes of awareness. Working with these dimensions helps you achieve a more powerful relationship with your entire energy body and your life.
Some systems present additional chakras located below the feet, just below the knees, between the top of the head and top of the energy body, and at the top of the energy body. Combined, they are the bandwidth of human perception. Different systems may ascribe different meanings for each chakra. In very basic context, the root chakra relates to physicality, the abdomen to emotions, the solar plexus to mental, the heart to feeling, the throat to communication, the forehead to psychic functioning, and the crown to spirituality.
Nadis—energy pathways throughout the body—were detailed thousands of years ago as part of traditional Indian medicine. Nadis transport prana, the energy equivalent of qi. These channels emanate from the chakras and gradually become thinner the further they extend outward.14 This configuration is similar to the nervous system in that the chakras correlate to the central nervous system and the nadi pathways correspond to the peripheral nervous system. Although comparable to meridians, nadi pathways are more numerous as there are thought to be over 72,000 points of stimulation along these routes compared with the 361 acupuncture points listed by WHO. On the other hand, there are three primary nadis whereas there are fourteen principal meridians.
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