The Seven Chakras and Seven Stages of Human Life
The main nadis (subtle energy channels of the body) Ida, Pingala and Shushumna run along the spinal column in a curved path and cross one another several times. At the points of intersection they form strong energy centers, wheel-like vortex known as chakras. A chakra is a center of activity that receives, assimilates, and expresses prana (life force energy).
There are seven primary chakras:
- Muladhara Base or Root Chakra (at the base of the spine)
- Swadhisthana Sacral Chakra ( navel area)
- Manipura Solar Plexus Chakra (solar plexus)
- Anahata Heart Chakra (heart area)
- Vishuddha Throat Chakra (throat area)
- Ajna Brow or Third Eye Chakra (the third eye)
- Sahasrata Crown Chakra (crown of the head; ‘soft spot’ of a newborn)
Each chakra has a specific purpose and area of influence. We are meant to develop the energy of each chakra, as we grow, in order to fulfill our assignment in life. Each chakra corresponds to a stage of life.
1. First stage (birth to 14 years) is the Survival stage.
In this period of life we tend to live mainly from the first chakra, which is associated with the earth element, survival, and saving recourses. Located at the base of the spine (between the anus and genitals) the Muladhara chakra gives us great stability, when it is in balance. It is affected by our relationship to our family of origin, since at this age we are meant to be guided by our parents, teachers, and elders.
TODAY’S TIP: The seven chakras correspond to the seven notes of the Vedic musical scale and the seven colors of the rainbow that ties the life force of earth to heaven.