Within every living body, although on the subtle rather than the gross or physical level, there are said to be a series
of energy fields or centres of consciousness, which in traditional Tantric teachings are called chakras ("wheels" , ) or padmas ("lotuses"). They are said to be located either along, or just in front of, the backbone, even though
they may express themselves externally at points along the front of the body (navel, heart, throat, etc). Associated
with the chakras is a latent subtle energy, called kundalini in Shaktism, and tumo in Tibetan Buddhist Tantra.
Speculations and teachings concerning the chakras have occured independently in the religious, spiritual, yogic, and occult
traditions of India, China, and the West. Although having certain basic points in common, these also differ in many details. So we have a number of different chakra-doctrines that have developed in different esoteric traditions to greater
or lesser completeness.Notes
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 a note regarding pronounciation. It seems that just about everyone nowadays says "shar-kra".
The origin of this particular pronounciation is unclear, but the fact is that the Sanskrit word cakra is - depending on the
accent - either pronounced "cha-kra" with the "a"'s like the "u" in "but", or "cho-kro" with the "o"'s as in "box".
So: "chakra", not "sharkra"
 The modern use of the term chakra - "wheel" - claims this is how they appearaer to yogic and clairvoyant
perception, but there is no evidence that the tantrics considered or even experienced the chakras in this manner.
 Sometimes two lines of chakras are described - one for the front of the body and the other for the back.
See Barbara Brennan's work in this respect.
The human energy system includes the seven chakras, which are the key regulators of the energies coming into and going out
of the body. While the chakras are not a part of the physical body, they are connected to the subtle energy fields surrounding
and influencing the body. Each chakra has a corresponding colour, and gemstone which resonates with its vibration, and they
Root Chakra - Red
Anchors your connection to the physical world. It is key in creating overall strength that supports the physical body.
Sacral Chakra - Orange
Represents creativity, sexuality and happiness. Aids with power and control in material matters.
Solar Plexus Chakra - Yellow
Centre for personal power, self-esteem and interpersonal relationships. The main "receiver" of first impressions.
Heart Chakra - Green
Centre of all chakras. Major focus is love, warmth, compassion and understanding.
Throat Chakra - Turquoise Blue
Is responsible for communication and self-expression.
Brow Chakra - Indigo/Royal Blue
Chakra of "intuition" helps to blend intuition with logic. Encourages spiritual outlook and perception.
Crown Chakra - Violet
The entry point of the life force - universal energy, which nourishes the body, mind and spirit.