The chakras can be imagined as many-petalled, vibrantly coloured flowers which are attached by invisible threads to the spine. The ‘petals’ known as Nadis, are woven into the nervous system, which runs through the spine. They distribute the energy of each chakra into the physical body.
They are continuously opening and closing to receive information about the state of the subtle bodies.
These seven chakras also govern the major glands in the endocrine system and influence physical and psychological health. Each chakra has its own ‘pulse rate’ and can alter its vibration so its energy can be used for different purposes. Some vibrate very quickly, others more slowly, depending largely on the ways in which we use and regard our bodies.
If one chakra is not functioning properly it affects that above and below it. Ideally the top chakras should vibrate faster and more subtly than the lower ones, but this is not always the case.
The Base Chakra is related to the quantity of physical energy and will to live in the physical reality. It is the location of the first manifestation of the life force in the physical world.
The Sacral Chakra is related to the quantity of sexual energy of a person. It is also our centre of creativity and partnership.
The Solar Plexus Chakra is associated with the great pleasure that comes from deeply knowing one’s unique and connected place within the universe.
The Heart Chakra is the centre through which we love. Through it flows the energy of connectedness with all life.
The Throat Chakra is associated with taking responsibility for one’s personal needs and personal truth.
The Third Eye Chakra is associated with the capacity to visualise and understand mental concepts including the concepts of reality and the universe.
The Crown Chakra is related to our connection to spirituality and the integration of the whole being, physical, emotional, mental and spiritual.
Evolvement of the Chakras
The incoming soul often enters and leaves the body through the crown Chakra as it begins working on opening the base or root chakra to grow roots into the physical plane. The root Chakra looks like a very narrow funnel, and the crown Chakra looks like a very wide funnel at this stage.
In the early stages of life, the child has the job of becoming used to the limitations of physical sensation and to the three-dimensional world. Many newborns can struggle with this process. They will still have some awareness of the spiritual world and they are struggling to squeeze themselves into the confinements of the tiny body of a baby.
After birth there remains a strong energy connection between the mother and child. This connection will remain there throughout life, although it will not be so pronounced as the child grows. This psychic umbilicus is the connection through which children remain in contact with their parents over the years.
At around the age of seven, a protective screen is formed over the Chakra opening that filters out a lot of the incoming influences from the universal energy field. Thus the child is no longer as vulnerable as before. This stage can be seen as a child grows and individuates.
It is near the time of the dawning of reason and the second Chakra (the sacral) begins to develop. The child’s emotional life becomes enriched. The child weaves fantasy worlds in which to live, she begins to feel like a separate person from the mother, and these worlds help create the separation.
The challenge of adolescence, as in all the stages of growth, is to find the self and remain true to the self throughout all the chaos of physical and emotional changes, sweet longings and painful rejections.
By the end of adolescence, the Chakras and energy patterns used by the individual are now set. All Chakras have taken on an adult form.
At death a luminous ray flashes out the top of the head as the person leaves the earth plane through the crown chakra. This experience of going out the crown has often been described as going through the tunnel between life and death. It is seen as a long dark tunnel with a bright light at the end.
This “tunnel experience” can also be said to be the soul going up through the main power current of the body along the spine and leaving at the bright light of the crown chakra.
From: 'Hands of Light, A Guide to Healing Through the Human Energy Field' by Barbara Ann Brennan