Chakra 101

I love energy healing: chakras, meridians, the flow of life force through our body, mind, and spirit.  I offer this guest post, by KarmaWaves, as a primer into the energy of the chakras.

Tuning into your chakra energy is a healing experience.

Chakra 101 + post natal baby Kundalini

English: Sapta Chakra, from a Yoga manuscipt i...

Understanding Chakras
It is important to explore (or review) the chakras, an essential part of the 5,000-year-old system of ayurveda that originated in ancient India.

The chakra system is an energy system we can use for personal growth. Ayurvedic tradition recognizes seven main chakras, which are junctions between consciousness (mind) and matter (body) and which link the various aspects of what makes us human: our physical, energetic, emotional, mental, social, and spiritual selves. When we focus on the chakras, we can connect to these aspects and move toward balance, health, and well-being.

The concept of charkas is a commonly used system. Have you ever been heartbroken? What does that mean? Is your heart actually broken? Of course not. But when you experience an emotional hardship in connection to a relationship or friendship, you feel a pain in the heart area. Instead of feeling a broken heart, you are actually experiencing the energy of the heart chakra.

The chakra system is located in the core of our being, in a channel that encompasses the spine and includes the tailbone to the crown of the head, as well as the nerve bundles associated with each individual chakra. This channel is called the sushumna nadi and the energy that flows through the chakras is called kundalini.

Energy flows up the sushumna nadi from the first chakra at the sacrum up the spine and out the seventh chakra at the crown of the head. This ascending current is the flow of energy that takes us from the physical level of being, through our mind and emotions, and connects us to the larger universe. The ascending flow is about finding a deeper meaning and purpose to your life.

Kundalini energy also flows into the seventh chakra at the crown of the head and moves down the sushumna nadi to the first chakra. This descending or manifesting current of energy moves us from the world of mind and spirit and helps us manifest ideas into the physical world. Anytime you help manifest something in your life, you are using the manifesting flow. For example, at some point in time you thought, “I want to be a massage therapist.” You took that idea, researched and chose a school, rearranged your schedule, found financing, and then studied and participated in the program to make that initial thought a reality. This is using the manifesting descending flow of energy in the chakras.

When working with chakras, think of health as being on a continuum. Depending on your diet, exercise, stress levels, emotional states, and many other factors, you are either moving toward greater health or away from it. It is similar with chakras. “Closed” or “imbalanced” qualities of the chakras are on one end of a health continuum and “open” or “balanced” qualities are on the other end. Depending on your lifestyle, you are either moving toward greater awareness and balance within the chakras or away from it.

Each chakra relates to a different aspect of life and by focusing on that chakra you can become more aware of those issues in yourself and then work with them to achieve greater health and happiness.

Chakra 1 : 

The traditional name for the first chakra is muladhara, which means the “root.” This chakra, at the base of the spine at the sacrum, is the foundation of the entire system. It relates to our basic needs and our sense of security and survival. When a baby is born, the first few weeks relate to the first chakra as the child adjusts to its environment. When you travel to an unknown place, you might have first chakra issues as you no longer have the same sense of security as when you are in your own environment. Focus on the first chakra when you are stressed, traveling, juggling too many things, feeling overwhelmed, or just need a sense of security or groundedness. Key Words: stability, solidarity, unity and form.  RED governs the BASE chakra situated at the base of the spine.
VITALITY, COURAGE, SELF CONFIDENCE

Chakra 2

The pleasure chakra is called svadhisthana, which means “sweetness.” It is located a few fingers’ width inferior to the navel. After your basic needs are met, you can move out into the world to explore with the five senses. Through these senses, we bring nourishment and vitality to ourselves. Once a baby has settled after the first few weeks and months, he moves into second chakra mode, exploring the world around him. His eyes begin to focus, he starts to touch and pick up objects, and he responds to sounds from his parents. ORANGE governs the SACRAL chakra situated in the lower abdomen. HAPPINESS, CONFIDENCE, RESOURCEFULNESS

Chakra 3

The power center is called manipura, which means “lustrous gem.” Located in the solar plexus superior to the navel, this is where we establish our identity and what we want to do with our life. If your actions in life do not match your intentions for your life, you feel it in your gut. However, if you can align your intentions with your actions, you establish a strong sense of identity. You will be confident and will interact with others in a different way. College students are dealing often with third chakra issues. With babies, the “terrible twos” relates to this chakra. In their second year, babies learn the word “no” and begin to recognize and act on their own desires. They are establishing their unique identity separate from their parents. YELLOW governs the SOLAR PLEXUS chakra, situated below the ribs.WISDOM, CLARITY, SELF-ESTEEM

Chakra 4

The heart center is called anahata and is in the center of the chest. When translated, anahata means “the sound which issues without the striking of any two things together.” The heart chakra relates to everything one stereotypically associates with the heart: love, compassion, sympathy, empathy, and relationships. For a 2-year-old, it is hard to see outside their own point of view as they have not learned the concept of other. At around 3-4 years old, a child moves into the heart chakra and begins to grasp the concept of other. At that point, he begins to feel compassion and sympathy. GREEN governs the HEART chakra.
BALANCE, LOVE, SELF CONTROL

Chakra 5

The throat center is traditionally called visuddha, which means “free from impurities.” Located at the throat, this is our center of expression and communication. If you are not saying the things you need to say, you might feel “choked up.” As you learn to communicate effectively, this allows creativity to thrive. This is a useful center on which massage therapists should focus. One of the most difficult aspects of being a therapist has little to do with actually giving a massage, it’s learning to effectively and efficiently communicate with clients.

BLUE governs the THROAT chakra. KNOWLEDGE, HEALTH, DECISIVENESS

Chakra 6

The third eye chakra is called ajna, which means “communication from above.” Found between the eyebrows, this chakra is the center of imagination, intuition, and perception. When you let go of thoughts that are holding you back and instead let your imagination roam free, you are connecting to your sixth chakra. Any intuitive feelings you have, as well as your ability to read between the lines and understand nonverbal communication, arise from the sixth chakra.

INDIGO governs the BROW chakra or third eye, in the centre of the forehead.INTUITION,  MYSTICISM, UNDERSTANDING

Chakra 7

The crown center is called sahasrara, which means “thousand petaled.” Located at the crown of the head, the seventh chakra relates to wisdom and enlightenment. The seventh chakra, sometimes called the “master chakra,” brings purpose and meaning to you and the other chakras. If the third chakra is about what you want to do with life, the seventh chakra is why you want to do it. The crown center helps you connect to a higher purpose and something greater than yourself. When you connect to this center, you connect to a sense of joy or bliss that is not related to a specific person or event but is rather connecting to the joy of the universe. VIOLET/PURPLE governs the CROWN chakra, at the top of the head.

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0-2 years meditation

How can a mother transfer to her newborn baby the love of the Mother?

0-2 years old is the transition time between the state of the womb to the state of the world. The baby is following the rhythm and natural characteristics of his mother, who is the most important person during their first two years. She is the one who is putting him on the path to a well grounded foundation.

The baby’s character, personality and perceptiveness are developed during the first 2 years of age. Therefore this is an ideal time to support their growth and create a bond of security between the maternal power of the Kundalini and the world that the baby is growing up in.

Raising Baby’s Kundalini
If your little one cannot sit by himself, lay him down on his back and raise his Kundalini over him. Otherwise, sit behind him as and raise his Kundalini from behind. You can sing the following song to make it more fun for baby.

Uppy, uppy, uppy Mother Kundalini, one.
Uppy, uppy, uppy Mother Kundalini, one, two.
Uppy, uppy, uppy Mother Kundalini, one, two, three
(The Kundalini is also referred to as a Mother energy because she takes care of us and give us joy and peacefulness).

Giving Protection to baby
The second step is to give a baby a layer of vibrations that will provide him protection. This protection is known as “bandhan”. Imagine drawing a rainbow with your right hand from the baby’s left hip, over the top of his head and down to his right hip and back again. Back and forth is considered one time. Just as there are seven colours in the rainbow and seven chakras in the subtle system, you do this seven times to give baby a full bandhan. You can sing the names of each chakra if you like:

Mooladhara, Swadhistana, Manipura ,Anahata, Vishuddhi, Ajna, Sahasrara

Daily Massage

Massage baby’s chakras. It is very important to start baby’s day with a nice and gentle massage of his chakras. There are 7 chakras that are located in the spinal cord. Each of them has a special qualities that are activated when you massage them the proper way.

Baby should be lying on his tummy :
– Pour a few drops of baby oil over his back

Steps to massage each chakra:
Each of the chakras are located at different points along the spinal cord. See the diagram on the right to get an idea of their relative locations. When you are massaging a chakra, press on it gently on baby’s back with your right hand and rub in counter clockwise circles.

1. First chakra (Mooladhara or root) massage:
repeat 4 times.
2. Second chakra (Svadhistana) massage:
repeat 6 times.
3. Third chakra (Manipura or stomach) massage:
repeat 10 times
4. Fourth chakra (Anahata or heart) massage:
repeat 12 times
5. Fifth chakra (Vishuddhi or throat) massage:
repeat 16 times
6. Sixth chakra (Ajna) massage:
Massage the right and left temples with counter clock‐wise circles to bring down the ego and super ego.
7. Seventh chakra (Sahasrara or crown) massage:
A daily habit of raising baby’s Kundalini, giving bandhan and massaging each chakra is a beautiful and enjoyable way to establish a bond between you and him. After this session you will notice your baby is more relaxed and tranquil. He will start to develop vibratory awareness as his Kundalini gets stronger. You may also notice improved blood circulation, less colic and gas and better sleep patterns. We recommend giving baby a chakra massage in the morning and again in the evening every day. The evening massage will help baby settle down for the night and have a restful sleep.

Here is a fun story you can tell baby while giving him a chakra massage:
When the Mooladhara chakra is being massaged, you are drawing a sky rocket on planet Earth. This rocket will be launched towards the farthest planet in the Universe.

As you massage the Swadisthan chakra, the sky rocket is being launched towards the planet Mercury. As for each successive chakra the rocket is visiting Jupiter (for the Nabhi), Venus (for the Anahata), Saturn (for the Vishuddhi) , the Sun (for the Agnya) and finally Pluto (for the Sahasrara).

Parents and infants build good habits – daily spiritual routine using the magic of love.

Morning meditation
Sit on the ground in a comfortable position. Raise your own Kundalini and give yourself bandhan. Then raise baby’s Kundalini and give him bandhan.

Meditate by keeping your attention on your Sahasrara chakra. If any thoughts come into your attention, just let them go. Your meditation may be short because small children are active and they can only to put attention on one thing for a few minutes. You can hold baby’s attention longer by singing some songs to him. Here are some songs you can sing:
Wake up little boy.
Wake up little girl.
It’s time for meditation.
We hope you have slept very well through the night.
It’s morning meditation.
Our Mother is waiting – joyful and bright ‐ to give everyone of us her morning light.

Uppy, uppy, uppy, Mother Kundalini, one.
Uppy, uppy, uppy, Mother Kundalini, one, two.
Uppy, uppy, uppy, Mother Kundalini, one, two, three
Mooladhara, Swadhistana, Nabhi, Void, Anahata, Vishuddhi, Agnya, Sahasrara

Every time you meditate the Kundalini of you and baby will become stronger.

Experience the benefits of the bandhan
It is very auspicious that you protect your baby and yourself by raising your Kundalinis and giving yourselves bandhans before leaving your home. Doing this will strengthen your vibrations and will attract positive energy to yourself when you are outside your home.

Enjoying time in nature
When you go for a walk try to expose baby to nature and be sure to explain the importance of Mother Earth for us.

Sing short melodies and dance together
We hope you enjoyed learning about Sahaj meditation for babies. In the next chapter you will learn about how to continue meditation with 2-4 years old.

(Information extracted from multiple sources via internet & yogic texts)

Created in loving service,

Allie

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