Ask Anodea – Chakra FAQs
Q. Does ADD affect the chakras?
A. It is less about whether ADD affects the chakras or is a result of misaligned energies that may come from an excessive or deficient chakra. ADD is usually too much energy (excessive third chakra), which interferes with concentration. Discharge the excess energy through vigorous activity or sports, and then practice stilling your mind in meditation. Good grounding always helps to calm the energy as well.
Q. Which way does each chakra spin?
A. The question about which direction the chakras spin is probably the most frequently asked question that I get. There are many differences of opinion about this. Those that say they all spin clockwise do not usually specify from whose perspective—the healer or the receiver. (Try this and see how clockwise to the healer is counterclockwise to the receiver.) My view is that because the nadis run in opposite directions (which is true to the Tantric nature of chakra theory that says everything arises from polarities), the chakras spin alternately in clockwise and counterclockwise directions, like gears, as I show in my DVD, The Illuminated Chakras, and my books.
However, my view is that the spinning direction is a superficial and very minor chakra issue. I compare it to worrying about whether to part your hair on the right or left side in order to best access your brain. I think it is more important to balance excess and deficiencies than manipulate the spinning. Real access to the chakras occurs through the dynamic energy at the core, and then the spinning takes care of itself.
Q. Do you have to follow a certain religion, and if so, what is it?
A. No, the chakras are a system for understanding the architecture of the soul, but they are not part of any religion. They come from the yoga tradition, but chakra work can be practiced by anyone, Christian, Jew, Muslim, Pagan, Buddhist, or any other religion.
Q. Does the Planet have chakras?
A. Chakras are energy vortices, and there are many all over. The energy vortices on the earth are not at all the same as the chakras in the body.
Q. Chakras/Path: Finding the right path.
A. These are very good questions and the asking alone shows that you are moving along your path. Indeed the mysteries are very complex, and there is no “one” path, but the path you make yourself through your own understanding and experience. The more you study, the more you can discern the path, indeed create the path. The many bits and pieces are all there within you, and your sacred self is the integrating chamber to bring them together.
The chakra system is a map for the journey, and that map can be applied to any path. It maps onto you picking up a thread to the mystery will lead you deeper on a never-ending road you will never regret. The journey itself is the goal.
I suggest you read Wheels of Life, as a place to start and learn the basics of this map. Then you can move to Eastern Body, Western Mind, and see how the map plays out in your own psyche. Come join us for an experiential workshop and learn even more, and touch into the sacred within yourself.
Welcome to the journey.
Q. Colors of Chakras – Why are these general colors used?
A. This is answered in Anodea’s Wheels of Life, chakra 7, page 288.
The word chakra is Sanskrit for wheel or disk and signifies one of seven basic energy centers in the body that correspond to nerve ganglia branching out from the spinal column, as well as states of consciousness, developmental stages of life, archetypal elements, body functions, colors, sounds, and much, much more. Together they form a profound formula for wholeness and a template for transformation.
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Chakra One: Muladhara
Earth, Physical identity, oriented to self-preservation
Located at the base of the spine, this chakra forms our foundation. It represents the element earth, and is therefore related to our survival instincts, and to our sense of grounding and connection to our bodies and the physical plane. Ideally this chakra brings us health, prosperity, security, and dynamic presence.
Chakra Two: Svadhisthana
Water, Emotional identity, oriented to self-gratification
The second chakra, located in the abdomen, lower back, and sexual organs, is related to the element water, and to emotions and sexuality. It connects us to others through feeling, desire, sensation, and movement. Ideally this chakra brings us fluidity and grace, depth of feeling, sexual fulfillment, and the ability to accept change.
Chakra Three: Manipura
Fire, Ego identity, oriented to self-definition
This chakra is known as the power chakra, located in the solar plexus. It rules our personal power, will, and autonomy, as well as our metabolism. When healthy, this chakra brings us energy, effectiveness, spontaneity, and non-dominating power.
Chakra Four: Anahata
Air, Social identity, oriented to self-acceptance
This chakra is called the heart chakra and is the middle chakra in a system of seven. It is related to love and is the integrator of opposites in the psyche: mind and body, male and female, persona and shadow, ego and unity. A healthy fourth chakra allows us to love deeply, feel compassion, have a deep sense of peace and centeredness.
Chakra Five: Vishuddha
Sound, Creative identity, oriented to self-expression
This is the chakra located in the throat and is thus related to communication and creativity. Here we experience the world symbolically through vibration, such as the vibration of sound representing language.
Chakra Six: Ajna
Light, Archetypal identity, oriented to self-reflection
This chakra is known as the brow chakra or third eye center. It is related to the act of seeing, both physically and intuitively. As such it opens our psychic faculties and our understanding of archetypal levels. When healthy it allows us to see clearly, in effect, letting us “see the big picture.”
Chakra Seven: Sahasrara
Thought, Universal identity, oriented to self-knowledge
This is the crown chakra that relates to consciousness as pure awareness. It is our connection to the greater world beyond, to a timeless, spaceless place of all-knowing. When developed, this chakra brings us knowledge, wisdom, understanding, spiritual connection, and bliss.