Chakras are energetic centers within the subtle body of every human. The subtle body is where your energy flows, which is why it’s also referred to as the energy or auric body.
Probably the most important knowledge about the energy centers comes to us from the ancient practice of yoga, which identifies the chakra model as a circular system of energy.
Each chakra has its basic color that can be visualized in meditation. These colors can be used to balance the function of the chakras.
They also play an important role in certain types of medicine. For instance, acupuncture and other types of oriental medicine use the subtle body to promote healing and to help regulate all the organ functions and emotions.
The 13 chakra system and their meaning:
The 13 chakra system includes the 7 main chakra system plus some additional chakras.
Earth Star Chakra (it is not within the actual physical body but is part of the etheric body) is located about 12 to 18 inches below your feet. It is a chakra of oneness which is connected to the Earth.
#2 Root or Muladhara Chakra
Muladhara chakra is located at the base of our spine, and any activity that makes one more aware of the body will strengthen this chakra. The root chakra provides the foundation on which we build our life.
#3 Sacral or Svadhisthana Chakra
The word “svadhisthana” can be translated as “the dwelling place of the self,” and it is the energy center associated with the emotional body, creativity, and sensuality. Its symbol is a crescent moon, representing the womb and femininity.
#4 Solar Plexus or Manipura Chakra
The Solar Plexus chakra is located between the navel and the bottom of the sternum. Manipura chakra governs our instincts, self-esteem, gut, body heat, and personal power.
#5 Heart or Anahata Chakra
The Heart chakra is located in the center of the chest, near the heart. In the body, this chakra is associated with the hands, heart, arms, and thymus gland. On an emotional level, Anahata chakra governs love, wisdom, compassion, hope, trust, forgiveness, emotional stability, empowerment, and healing. Being in the middle of the traditional seven chakra system, it is also called the harmonizer and mediator between the body and mind and the lower and higher elements of being.
#6 Higher Heart or Thymus Chakra
The high heart is associated with Thymus gland (this gland is most active in children, reaching its peak at puberty), located in the upper anterior part of your chest, nestled between your lungs, and directly behind your sternum. This chakra is the seat of compassion, unconditional love, empathy, joy, patience, peace, serenity, peace, balanced emotions and harmony.
#7 Throat or Vishudda Chakra
Vishuddha chakra, also known as the communication, will, and purification center, is located in the throat. This energy vortex governs our creative expression and speech in the world. Furthermore, throat chakra governs our ability to speak the truth, to express ourselves, and to create. When Vishudda chakra functions correctly, it metabolizes and unifies the wisdom of the Ajna chakra and the compassion of the Anahata chakra.
#8 Lalana or Talu Chakra
Lalana chakra is located approximately two inches above the throat chakra, in the area behind the uvula. This energy center is portrayed in the yoga tradition as the secret chakra taught by spiritual teachers to their disciples.
#9 Third Eye or Ajna Chakra
The third eye chakra, located on the forehead, between the eyebrows, is represented by a violet lotus with two petals. On a physical level, Ajna chakra (meaning ‘to perceive and command’) is usually associated with the pineal gland, a small endocrine gland in the brain, and with some important organs, like the brain and the eyes. It also keeps the sinuses healthy. On a spiritual level, Ajna chakra is responsible for your extrasensory perception, goals, ideas, and dreams.
#10 Soma Chakra
This chakra is located close within the Crown chakra, just above the third eye chakra. Soma chakra is responsible for our spiritual guidance and our connection to the angelic realms.
#11 Crown or Sahasrara Chakra
The crown chakra is located just above the top of the head. Sahasrara chakra is the chakra of consciousness and controls how we respond to the world around us and how we think. In addition, in this energy center, one attains the highest levels of enlightenment and consciousness.
#12 Soul Star Chakra
The Soul Star chakra, also called the seat of the soul, is located above our physical body. This chakra links one to the higher transpersonal chakras via the stellar gateway, that is above that. More importantly, this chakra is all about letting go and allowing Divine energy to fill your life.
When this chakra is activated, it becomes the direct line to the Divine Source. Additionally, this chakra is the connection with the Universe’s energy system of wholeness, allowing a complete connection with enlightened beings and offers an open doorway to explore other spiritual realms and worlds.