Chakras in yoga, certain kinds of meditation, and the Ayurveda tradition are depicted as wheels of energy throughout your body. Indeed, chakra is the Sanskrit word for wheel or disk. There are seven main chakras that align with the spine, starting at the base of the spine and ending at the crown of the head. In the chakra system, our invisible energy is called Chi. Chi is your vital life force and is essential for your personal well-being. It is also known as Prana, Qi and, in the movie Star Wars, it is called The Force.
The concept of chakras has been around since at least 500 BC and comes from India. Although the chakra system is an ancient one, modern science is helping us understand how chakras affect us. Studies show that each spinning wheel of energy is associated with a major endocrine gland, which corresponds to large nerve centers in the body. The hormones from these glands regulate our metabolism, growth and development, tissue function, sexual function, reproduction, sleep, and mood (among other things).
Chakra energy expands into your mind, body, and soul and then moves out into the material world. Imbalances in your chakras can turn up in your business in the form of challenges, problems, and obstacles. By evaluating your chakras and the areas of struggle in your business, you can find where you need to balance your chakras to develop new ways of working to create the business you desire.
For example, when you breathe, you take in energy and then expel it. Take a deep breath. Feel your lungs expand as your body receives the oxygen it needs to maintain a healthy system and then exhale to release carbon dioxide out into the air that is absorbed by plants and trees. With that one act, you are engaged in energy exchange.
Each chakra is associated with a color – red, orange, yellow, green, blue indigo, and violet, forming the colors of the rainbow. Chakra scholar and teacher, Anodea Judith, calls our chakra system the rainbow bridge, which refers to the way the chakras connect throughout the body to make an energetic bridge.
The chakras are where your physical body and consciousness meet. The lower chakras act as conduits to bring earth energy up through your body and connect you with your higher awareness. Your upper chakras bring cosmic consciousness down to help you manifest right actions for the highest good of you, your loved ones, and the world. Ideally, there is consistent energy coursing up and down, and your chakras are clear, balanced, and connected. I call this riding the rainbow because your energy flows easily and naturally in your body and out into the world in productive ways. However, due to physical, psychological, emotional, social, and spiritual wounding, all of us have imbalances that can show up as disease, crises, and obstacles.