The Essence of Existence
"A tremblinf in the bones may carry a more convincing testimony than the dry documented deductions of the brain." ~ Llewelyn Powers
The Sahasrara Chakra / Crown Chakra
The Sahasrara Chakra or “thousand-petaled” is called the Crown Chakra, and it's the pinnacle of the Chakra system. It is said to be located either at the crown of the head, or in the space above it, depending on which tradition you consult.
The Ajña Chakra / Third Eye Chakra
The sixth Chakra, called ajña, is located superficially in the middle of the forehead, between and above the eyebrows. Internally, it is located at the pineal gland. It is often called the “third eye” because of its relation to seeing—not physical sight, but the insight of intuition. So we're talking about a special kind of knowing.
The Vishuddha Chakra / Throat Chakra
The name of this chakra, vishuddha or vishuddhi, means “very pure.” It's located in the region of the throat. It has to do with the power of speech, understood broadly here to mean the ability to communicate through any linguistic or symbolic means. That includes not just speaking and writing, but also the arts, which are symbolic forms of self-expression.
The Anahata Chakra / Heart Chakra
The anahata or “unstruck” chakra is commonly called the “heart chakra,” but this is a bit misleading. Although anahata is located close to the heart, it is actually in the center of the chest. There is a separate chakra, located slightly below and to the left of anahata, called hrit, literally “heart.” But, as this is not considered a major chakra in the system we're presenting, we will carry on with the convention of calling anahata the “heart” chakra.
The Manipura Chakra / Navel Chakra
Manipura means “city of jewels.” This is the navel chakra, which is actually located slightly above the level of the navel. Its element is fire. Physically, it is connected to the metabolism and the “fire” of digestion, which transforms food, extracting its nutrients and processing the waste. Psychologically, it has to do with willpower, purpose, self-determination, fear, and anxiety.
The Svadishthana Chakra / Sacral Chakra
The svadishthana (SWAH deesh TAH nuh) chakra, or sacral chakra, is the second chakra, located at the coccyx or genital region, close to the root chakra and above it. The name svadishthana means “one's own abode.” It is connected to the reproductive system and sexuality. Sexuality is very intimate, even private—hence the name, which suggests a highly personal situation.
The Muladhara Chakra/ Root Chakra
The first chakra is the muladhara, meaning “root basis,” located at the base of the spine. The name itself supplies the clue to its significance. It is related to the basic physiological and psychological functions of the human organism—survival and instinct.