Chakras and Conduits
|This is a representation of
most all of the chakras that I have seen in people. Not necessarily all of
them are present or well developed in all people. For example, I have not
included a chakra that has been very important in my development located
about half way between the heart and guts. This is where I had my
strongest initial development, connecting levels, and in the words of
Buzz Lightyear, going "to infinity and beyond."
I will start my discussion at the base and work up.
The Root Chakra. The label root chakra is used slightly differently by different people. It is one's connection to the earth, maybe even the molten core. It relates to the most basic sense of self. It should be connected to the crown chakra as illustrated, which occurs very rarely to any great extent. Its connectedness and strength also seem to contribute to a sense of groundedness.
The Gonads Chakra. It seems to me that the stronger the gonads chakra the less selfish and needy the person is sexually, though these people are also going to have a very real confidence and enjoyment. A strong gonads chakra is also almost always indicative of a strong stable self-exceptance and self-acceptance, balanced with other-exceptance and other-acceptance. This is not someone who runs around finding reasons to be jealous and try to run others down. The back part of the chakra has more to do with elimination.
The Intestinal Chakra. The intestinal chakra appears in everyone's system that I've ever seen as a primary chakra. A good intestinal chakra is reasonably described by the phrase "intestinal fortitude". This chakra is important in martial arts and centering, though my honest impression is they talk about it, but don't really know how to make use of it. It has much to do with a mentality of self reliance, and not expecting others to protect or sustain you in ways that you would not have others expect you to protect or sustain them.
The Gut Chakra. The gut chakra appears in everyone's system that I've ever seen as a primary chakra. It has much to do with discernment and intuition. It is a good thing to have "guts". "Butterflies" in the stomach can definitely be seen.
Heart Chakra. The heart chakra has the obvious connection with
love. This and the gut chakra are probably the chakras that most people
have at least some awareness of. While it can be a bit disconcerting and
confusing to deal with, it is very easy to see someone's broken heart, or
the struggles that someone goes through as they learn to love themselves
The Chest Chakra. This chakra or the heart chakra is always a primary chakra in every system I have seen. It is very similar in character to the heart chakra, but relates a bit more to the glands in the area and the use of the arms and shoulders. That is, how one carries burdens and reaches out to others. It also has much to do with self defense.
The Throat Chakra. The throat chakra is almost always considered a primary chakra in people's systems. It relates to the connection of the head to the rest of the body. For example, being able to verbalize feelings. It is usually the place where the head blocks off the "lower" things, particularly in intellectuals. This can be particularly difficult because intellectuals are very inclined to use words to disguise such blocks or disconnections. It also has a lot to do with a balance between talking and listening.
The Face Chakra. While this is fairly rarely developed to the point of being a chakra, in some people it is developed quite impressively. Does someone allow their emotions to show on their face? Can someone maintain their face without resorting to a lot of lies to cover up?
The Brow Chakra. The brow chakra appears in everyone's system that I've ever seen as a primary chakra. Rather than having a lot to do with intellectualism it has more to do with using one's intellect independently, accurately, effectively and creatively. Seeing with one's own eyes and thinking with one's own mind. Far rarer qualities than any of us would like to admit. But as usual this should be balanced with being able to see through other people's eyes, a type of empathy, or trying to see with God's eyes, another type of empathy. This "third eye" has much to do with seeing in the interior spaces.
The Crown Chakra. The crown chakra appears in everyone's system that I've ever seen as a primary chakra.
I have not seen anyone write about the conduits between chakras and parts
of the body. These run much deeper than the meridians that acupuncturists
focus on. These are particularly important for athleticism. They are also
important for all forms of self-defense.
There are many things that I cannot communicate with the drawing since I am limited by my artistic abilities and the use of a pencil. The dynamism and almost electrical nature of the flows is unapparent. The contrast and intermingling between dark and light is understated. There are usually little nodes at major joints such as shoulders, elbows, knees and ankles.
The nature of what flows varies between people as you might expect. Weaknesses in these flows at some locations increase vulnerability to injury. Strength in these flows has much to do with health and ability.
The chakras can be looked at as the generators for the conduits. The nature of what flows can be characterized by the intermixing and integration of dynamics. It seems, the stronger, more connected at a level and connected between levels the conduits and chakras are, the better. While fragmentation, blocks, layering or build up of dross in the overall spirit have been acquired, often as defenses to the outside world or blind imitation of the outside world, they ultimately inhibit ability and health.
Apparently, the haric line and the conduits, and the spots where the chakras tie into them should be the deepest part of a person. This is important because at these deepest places people develop their connection to deeper more powerful levels of the spirit. How to develop this is a good question, and I have initiated an attempt to at least describe my own experience in some exercises.
Different groups have associated different symbols with chakras. The symbols that one wants to use seem to be a matter of choice. But on the topic of symbols, there is something that seems a bit more universal. I have seen Hindu references to petals being associated with each chakra. Different chakras are supposed to have a certain specified number of petals. While I find this perception to be a bit overly soft, it does seem that as an individual develops integration in a particular dynamic in aspects of life associated with a chakra, the chakra develops a diametric line associated with it. These lines put together create something somewhat like petals, though each chakra doesn't necessarily have a prespecified number.
|A Side Note
I hope the viewer remembers that this is just an introduction ... though to reach greater insight it seems essential to develop one's own sensory abilities. This is not just an intellectual or memorization exercise.