Kundalini And The Chakra System
When Kundalini is released it works it's way upwards along the Pingla and Idda Nadis, the Male and Female energy, channels in a spiral connecting the male and female energies and awakening the Sushuma Nadi which is the main channel along the spine. It travels up through the Chakras cleansing and nourishing each in turn. As each Chakra is awakened, a release of karma and stored memories and emotions takes place and this process can take a long time to complete, dependant on the preparation, knowledge and practice of the individual.
Each Chakra has it's own function,and relates to a physical area of the body, and also to emotional and spiritual aspects of the self. Chakra literally means 'wheel', but they are also depicted as flowers, the petals of which are awaiting to be nourished and brought to life with Kundalini. In some beliefs the Chakras are described as our connection to the vegetable part of the self, as in animal, vegetable and mineral elements of the human system.
A list of the Chakras, their symbols and a brief description of their functions is as follows:
The Crown Chakra/Sahasrara
Located at the top of the head. Connection to pure consciousness. Symbolised by a lotus with one thousand petals. Located at the crown of the head. Represented by the colour violet. Awakening inner wisdom and release of karma.
The Brow Chakra/Ajna
Located in the centre of the forehead, also known as 3rd eye. Linked to the pineal gland. Symbolised by a lotus with two petals. Represented by the colours white, indigo or deep blue. Relates to inner guidance and intuition.
The Throat Chakra/Vishuddha
Located at the centre of the throat. Relates to communication and expression. Linked to thyroid gland. Symbolised by a lotus with sixteen petals. Represented by the colours pale blue, or turquoise.
The Heart Chakra/Anahata
Located at the centre of the chest. Emotional centre. Compassion, unconditional love, rejection and well being. Linked to the thymus, immune and endocrine sysytem. Symbolised by a lotus flower with twelve petals. Represented by the colours green or pink.
The Solar Plexus Chakra/Manipura
Located in solar plexus. Relates to power, fear, anxiety. Linked to the metabolic and digestive systems and adrenal glands. Symbolised by a lotus with ten petals. Represented by the colour yellow.
The Sacral Chakra/Swadhisthana
Located in the sacrum close to the naval. Governs relationships, pleasure, creativity and enthusiasm.Linked to the reproductive and genitourinary system. Symbolized by a lotus with six petals. Represented by the colour orange.
The Root Chakra/Muladhara
Located between the genitals and the anus. Related to instinct, security, sexuality and survival. Linked again to reproductive system and the adrenal medulla. Responsible for the fight and flight response. Symbolised by a lotus with four petals. Represented by the colour red.