The word chakra derives from the Sanskrit word for "wheel" or "turning", but in the yogic terms a better translation may be 'vortex or whirlpool'
According to Hindu, Santana, Tantric, Yogic and other metaphysical belief systems Chakras are energy points or nodes in the body. They are meeting points for vital, life source, or “pranic” energy energy that travels along energy channels defined as Nadiis. Several beliefs and scriptures refer to several chakra points with on our bodies, however according to Tantric belief there are seven that are the most important.
When we are sick or feeling out of balance, depressed, tired, stressed etc we can find that one or more of our chakra points are unbalanced. We can alter or re-balance through many various forms of meditation, medication or holistic and metaphysical means. I encourage you to see a professional id indicaed.
The Seven Major Chakra Points are listed below. The following list is only a simplified idea of the chakras and their jobs. There are several other physical, spiritual, and emotional points to each Chakra and I highly encourage anyone with an interest to learn more about them. There is a large variety of information available.
Sahasrara or crown chakra- This chakra is our connection to spirit or pure consciousness. Symbolized by a thousand petal lotus and located at the crown of the head, or just above the crown of the head. Sahasrara is represented by the color white or purple. It is to this chakra we look to for wisdom and connection to Source or Universal Conscious.
Ajna or third-eye chakra relates to our perception and our subconscious vision or sixth sense. It is symbolized by a lotus with two petals located just above and between your physical eyes. Often represented by the color indigo or deep blue. It is to this Chakra we look for inner vision, psychic clarity and seeing. It is with this eye psychics, seers, shamans and other clairvoyants travel and project to higher or altered states of consciousness or dimension.
Vishuddha , or Vishuddhi, or throat chakra is our connection to our true voice, communication, and expression of our individual truths. It is visualized with 16 petal lotus and represented with a pale blue or turquoise color. We look to this chakra to assist in organizing our thoughts and emotions into clear expression.
Anahata or heart chakra is our connection to love and complex emotions. It is symbolized by a lotus with twelve petals and the color green and sometimes pink. We look to this chakra to find our emotional connection to self and others. As well as our devotion to self, others and spirit.
Manipura solar plexus/navel chakra connects us to our will and strength. It is symbolized by a lotus with ten petals and the color yellow. We look to this chakra for our personal power, to face or fears or anxieties. It aids in holding to our personal opinions and values. It is in essence the home of our will and inner strength.
Svadhishthana or sacral chakra is our creative and sexual energy point. It is symbolized by a lotus with six petals and the color orange. We look to this chakra for sexual or relationship needs and emotional needs, joys or pleasures. It also connects us to our creative force this not only includes the need to procreate, but also the artistic endeavors to create what is beautiful in our individual perceptions.
Muladhara or root chakra is our connection to security and our survival instinct. It is represented by a four petal louts and the color red. We look to this chakra for or survival instincts. Our need to create physical security.