The seven chakras are major points in the body through which energy flows. In order to keep yourself healthy and balanced, energy must be able to flow through your chakras, from your root all the way to your crown. While most students of the chakras can name them, and tell you what aspects of your life they influence, even those who have been studying these energy centers for years can still be surprised by some aspects of them.
So if you think you knew everything there was to know about your body and its chakras, then you might be in for a few surprises. Such as...
Fact #1: Color Coordination Can Have Surprising Results
If you've ever looked at a chakra chart, you've likely noticed that different chakras are coded with different colors. However, while that might help you remember which chakra is where, did you also know you can use those color associations as a way to access your chakras more easily? For example, your root chakra is red, and if you find trouble centering yourself on it, consider sitting on a red pillow or rug. If your solar plexus is giving you trouble, wear a yellow shirt, or even eat something yellow according to Chakra Pages.
Fact #2: Massage Stimulates The Heart Chakra
Your heart chakra is responsible for love, joy, and inner peace. That's why, if you start getting blockages in it, you'll start to feel your stress mounting, and your inner calm developing a lot of cracks. However, one of the surest ways to open that chakra back up according to Astrology Answers is to get a massage; particularly a back massage over that area just above your heart. A massage gets your blood flowing, releases tension in your muscles, and relaxes you, allowing you to naturally get the flow going through your heart chakra once more, and making it that much easier to bring yourself back into balance.
Fact #3: There Haven't Always Been Seven Chakras
As anyone who's studied chakras will tell you, there are seven of them. However, as the Way of Meditation points out, that has most definitely not always been the case. There are many theories regarding one's energy body, and the places that energy moves through, and they have not all agreed on the location or number of chakras. The most common (especially in Western teachings) is the seven chakras we're used to, but there have been other traditions with as few as five, or as many as sixteen chakras. While there is no one "right" system (since a chakra is not like a physical organ that can be observed objectively), it's important to find the system and structure that best fits your needs, and which works for you.
Fact #4: The Third Eye Chakra is The Seat of The Soul
Different cultures have had all sorts of varying ideas and theories about the soul; from what it is, to how it leaves the body, to where you can find it while someone is still alive. However, while lots of people might think of the heart chakra as the place to find the soul, it's actually located in the third eye chakra in your head. Though of as the seat of the soul, the third eye chakra is what allows you to experience the more ephemeral aspects of the universe. From seeing that which is typically hidden from your regular eyes, to astral projection, to lucid dreaming, these aspects are governed by the third eye chakra specifically because it allows access to one's spirit, and all the things associated with that spirit.
Fact #5: Each Chakra Has A Sound Associated With It
If you've ever seen diagrams of the chakras, you've no doubt noticed the symbols often sitting in the center of them. If you're not a student of language, these symbols are from the Sanskrit alphabet. The idea is that, in order to attune your chakras, you focus on that single sound. It becomes a mantra, acting as a kind of key to help you unlock your chakra for the purpose of opening it. This can make meditation significantly easier, and give you a leg up in bringing your chakras into harmony.
Fact #6: Essential Oils Can Help You Open Certain Chakras
Ideally, proper meditation, focus, and internal alignment will allow you to keep your chakras open and your energy flowing. However, if you find yourself having trouble focusing on a chakra, or getting it to open for you, considering rubbing it with the right essential oils. Lemongrass, for example, can be soothing on the throat chakra, allowing you to open up the center of your communicative power. Alternatively, bergamot can stimulate the root chakra. Chakra Pages gives some helpful examples of essential oils you can use as tools to help you keep your chakras in line.
Fact #7: The Word "Chakra" Means "Vortex"
Most folks, when they picture a chakra, tend to imagine it as a ball of light. Sometimes it's colored, and sometimes it glows, but generally it's a fairly peaceful image. However, the word we use to refer to these centers of spiritual energy refers to a vortex, as Whispering Spirits points out. And that's not a case of linguistic drift or mistranslation, either; it's because when chakras are visualized traditionally, they're meant to be spinning. The faster the chakra spins, the more energy there is flowing through it, and the more it will open. Think of it like a centrifuge, spinning so hard that it opens up the center like a flower, revealing the light within.
These are just a few unusual facts about chakras that newer students will come across in their research and readings. With so many systems being practiced in so many different places, and with changes occurring naturally over time with each generation of students making their own contributions, there is always something new to see, learn, or experience when it comes to understanding the flow of energy through our bodies.