Chakra and chakra work in shamanism

Anyone who deals with spiritual matters, life energy and any form of spiritual healing will not be able to avoid the term chakras.
Gerhard Zirkel

Put simply, the chakras are energy centers in our aura, i.e. the energy field that surrounds us in our material incarnation. The chakras establish the connection between the physical body of a person, their aura and the energy channels of the universe.

We are connected to the source of life energy via our chakras.

The chakras are located along the energy channels that run through the human body. They can be imagined as subtle or energetic energy wheels or energy vortices that rotate alternately to the right or left, whereby the perception of the chakras is very different.

Some people can see them, others can feel them. In Indian mythology, the chakras are known as rotating calyxes or lotus flowers.

Shamans also work with the concept of chakras, even if they are seen and named differently in every shamanic culture. The flow of energy within the human body and its exchange with its aura and the spiritual world is of the utmost importance. Because a person who is not properly connected to the energy of the universe will not have enough life energy available to make his way in the material world.

So our chakras and our engagement with them are important building blocks of our spiritual development. They influence many aspects of our lives and our emotions.
Concept and origin

We are primarily familiar with the concept of chakras from the Far Eastern wisdom traditions of Hinduism, Tantra, yoga and Buddhism. But also from the Jewish Kabbalah and the Christian mystery schools. The term comes from Sanskrit and means “circle” or “wheel”.

Many indigenous peoples have also worked and continue to work with them. They are known from the Maya, the Aztecs, the Tibetan Bon religion, the Tsalgi (Cherokee) Indians in North America and the African Zulu. Even if their teaching differs greatly from the Far Eastern version, the principle is always the same.

But even in our culture, the chakras were not completely unknown in the past, even if the representation is less clear. Thus the halo or the crowns of kings and emperors represent nothing other than the radiance of the crown chakra. While sitting on a throne that is as high and massive as possible can be seen as an interpretation of the root chakra.

Function of the chakras

The chakras supply the material and subtle bodies with the life energy of the universe and are responsible for the exchange of energy and information between material and subtle bodies.

The chakras act as transmitters and receivers of energy, so to speak, they are interfaces between human existence and the spiritual level. They transform energetic information so that it can be used and understood by the other side. They are energy centers in which energy is transformed and distributed in the body via energy channels (nadis).

Our human body is constantly supplied with the life energy it needs via the chakras, whereby each of the chakras supplies its very own areas. We also release energy to the universe via our chakras or make contact with other material and spiritual beings.

Free and open chakras play a major role for our physical, mental and spiritual health and for our path of development and awareness.

The location of the chakras largely coincides with that of our main nerve centers and its most important glands.
The individual chakras

Each of our chakras has a specific meaning, a specific task for us. Certain symptoms can be related to the function or malfunction of a chakra. If we know the meaning of the chakras, we automatically have a starting point for improvement.

The Hindu or yoga system with its 7 main chakras is well known

Depending on the teaching, the main chakras are joined by the soul star and soul gate as 8. and 9th main chakra to it.

And there are a whole series of secondary chakras and energy centers, including chakras that are located above the crown chakra and those that are located below the root chakra.

The seven main chakras:
  • Root chakra (Muladhara)
  • Sacral chakra (Swadhisthana)
  • Solar plexus chakra (Manipura)
  • Heart chakra (Anahata)
  • Throat chakra (Vishuddha)
  • Forehead chakra / third eye (Ajna)
  • Crown chakra / crown chakra (Sahasrara)
Perception of the chakras

How chakras are perceived depends on the person perceiving them. Although the frequencies of our chakras are invisible to the human eye, some people, especially clairvoyant people, see the chakras as colors or rotating colored energy vortices. Some people can also perceive the frequencies of our chakras as sounds.

The colors are seen to be relatively consistent, they are arranged like a rainbow and start at the root chakra with a dark red and end at the crown chakra with pure white.
Energy body

Anyone who delves a little deeper into the functioning of our human existence and looks specifically at the chakras quickly realizes that our energy system does not consist of one body but of many.

We consist of many “layers” of different densities of energy, information and consciousness. The densest variant is our physical body. However, there are also many other bodies, such as an emotional body or a mental body.

The chakras provide the connection between these many bodies and layers. Our energy bodies can only work together optimally if the chakras, as their connection, work without interference.

In Kundalini, it is believed that healthy and open chakras allow the Kundalini force to rise from the pelvis and connect us with cosmic consciousness.

Working with the chakras

There are different goals when working with the chakras. From cleansing to opening and chakra balancing.

There have always been a variety of ways to do this, from yoga and Reiki to tangible shamanic work, i.e. working directly on the spiritual levels with the help of the shamanic journey.

The first step is always to open the chakras and cleanse them. This is because our energy channels are often almost completely closed, either through disregard or through blockages from previous lives and/or the ancestral line or even through intention, such as the closing of the third eye during Christian baptism.

The shaman’s task is to reopen the channels. This happens on the one hand on the mental level and on the other hand through exercises that the client can do himself. To become aware of your chakras and to actively connect to the energy system of the universe.

Often it is only certain chakras and therefore certain areas of life that we have cut off from ourselves. Sometimes since early childhood. Shamanic chakra work aims to reconnect these areas and reopen them to life.

Ideally, all chakras are equally open and free after this work. If one or more chakras have been trying to balance one or more blocked chakras for a long time, there may still be an imbalance even after the blocked chakras have been opened.

In this case, a chakra balancing must be brought about, which the shaman carries out again on a spiritual level, but also involves the client in an appropriate way.

It makes sense to address the topic of the chakras not just once, but to do so regularly. Even the best balanced chakras can become imbalanced again if they are neglected.

In addition, chakras also function on different spiritual levels and as people continue to develop, they reach new levels of consciousness and therefore new levels of the chakras are addressed and need to be looked at.

The “science”

Our western science has difficulty with the chakra approach, because neither life energy nor energy bodies or even the existence of the spiritual level as the origin of all material things can be measured with scientific-technical devices.

So far, only indirect evidence can be provided in this way. But this is also logical, because our scientific approach takes place purely on a material level. How can he understand his own origin in the spiritual world from there?

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