Chakra is a Sanskrit word that means “wheel”. You can imagine a chakra as a wheel that allows energy to flow through your body. In our bodies there are seven main chakras that have their own theme and colour. You can find these main chakras along the spine. From your perineum, all the way up to the crown of your head. Apart from these seven chakras, we have hundreds of energy points in our body. All these energy points help our energy flow through our system. To keep yourself in balance, to not fall ill or depressed, it is important that the chakras are working well. This will allow the energy to flow well through our bodies.
Chakras are also called lotus flowers, because when they open and close they look like the petals of a flower. A balanced chakra is a chakra that’s not too open and not too closed. An open chakra means it is overactive and a closed chakra means it is inactive. Whether the chakra is open or closed, can cause different behaviour and blocks. In India the lotus is considered a holy flower. They see the rising of the lotus out of the mud as a symbol for our primitive consciousness developed into the fully awakened mind. On the left you see symbols for the seven chakras. Each of them have their own corresponding colour and element. The lower the chakra is in your body, the fewer flower petals it has. You could say that the first chakra is the one with the roots and few flower petals (the primitive consciousness) and the seventh chakra is the one with the most flower petals (the awakened mind).
One way to think of the chakras, is as a computer’s operating system. This operating system influences the way we behave. It controls how the energy flows through our body and gives us all sorts of information. Each chakra is like a hard disk with information that regulates certain parts of our life. From survival programs, to sexual programs, to the way we think and feel. After accumulating energy from outside of our bodies, chakras channel it to our centre. From our centre, chakras can then channel energy throughout our bodies. You can think of chakras as a network for receiving, retrieving and transporting life energy. The information that is going through our chakras is determined by our daily behaviour. Chakras hold onto information from our childhood through the present. All of this influences how our chakras work and how we behave.