The Western Chakras and Tantra
The Western Chakra Systems
I’m writing this for everyone who’s familiar with the western ideology around the chakra systems. There is a very distinct difference between the western ideology and the vedic. For the time being, we are going to talk about the western version. I will open up the floor as well with a post on the true vedic chakra systems.
The word chakra is Sanskrit for “wheel of light”. Within our bodies and auric field we have very subtle energy centers that are located along the central channel of our bodies. There are 9 main chakras running from the bottom of the feet, up through the spinal column to the top of the head, and one spiritual chakra located about 3 feet above the top of our head.
Each chakra is associated with different aspects of our being. They are where the mind-body connection manifests. Our chakra system is the conduit of all the 7 layers of our aura. Energy is brought forth from each of the chakra points. They are typically defined as invisible force fields around you that emanate either positive or negative energies, depending on your mood, emotions, and the status of your health.
Having knowledge of the chakras and how you can strengthen them is critical to your overall physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health. If just one of your chakras is not aligned, you will notice that all soon become blocked. We need the energy within the chakra points to flow freely.
Traumatic life experiences can cause energy to become blocked in one or more of the chakra points. Tantra works with the chakras through a variety of techniques to unblock and balance these chakras.
Ancient Brahmin Hindus recorded the Vedas. They taught that there are 4 important places within the body where the soul resides: the head, throat, heart, and navel. These ancient texts also stated that your waking consciousness is found in the navel; dreamless sleep is found in the heart; dreaming is found in the throat; and the transcendent state is in the head.
The body parts are associated with the elements of fire, air, water, earth, and ether. The body coexists with psychic elements. It is an extension of the world’s energies.
Your chakras affect your mood as they’re connected to systems within the body. Depending on the flow of energy through them, they may be open, blocked, or sealed.
Open chakras radiate more energy and because of this, your body becomes more sensitive and receptive to balancing and healing.
Blocked chakras mean that energy is not properly flowing at one point within the system. A blocked chakra affects other chakra points and causes imbalances throughout.
The 4 Types of Tantra
White Tantra: White tantra is primarily a solitary spiritual practice involving yoga asanas, breathwork, meditation, and visualization. Kundalini yoga involves practice for couples that involve activities such as eye gazing and synchronized breathing while engaging in yoga postures and breathing exercises.
Red Tantra: Through what is known as red tantra, couples can work mindfully with sexual energy, learning to remain present and honoring one another while experiencing the intensity of sexual arousal. Here, orgasm is withheld, or stalled for prolonged periods of time. This is done by drawing energy upwards from the lower chakras into the higher ones.
Pink Tantra: With pink tantra, the emphasis is on the heart chakra. It’s a balancing of the sexual and spiritual energies in order to cultivate love and compassion.
Black Tantra: This is also referred to as “Dark Tantra”. It involves the unconscious “shadow self” and the play of erotic fantasies. It often includes S&M and darker forms of fornication. Black tantra can be approached in a playful way but one must be mindful. Sharing fantasies with your partner can forge a deeper closeness between you, but it can also be a recipe for disaster. It often takes you off the spiritual path.
The 10 Chakras of Your Chakra System
The Earth Star Chakra
The earth star chakra is located beneath your feet. This chakra connects you to the elemental energies of the earth. It helps to anchor you to the earthly plane so that you are more grounded and logical. Being grounded helps you to remember your highest path in life.
Colors: Silver, black, and maroon.
Crystals associated: Onyx, tiger’s eye, hematite, and garnet.
When balanced: You become conscious of your being and know that you are a spirit manifesting itself on the physical plane. You openly display your passion and zest for life. You know how to detach yourself from the both the past, and the uncertainties of the future. You live in the here and now.
When unbalanced: Depression or disconnection from relationships, lack of motivation, and disorders associated with immunity.
The Root Chakra- Muladhara
The root chakra is located at the base of the spine.
The root chakra is your source of useable physical energy. It anchors you into your physical manifestation. It governs family and survival issues (food, shelter, finances, etc), especially within a group.
Musical Note: G
Crystals: Ruby, bloodstone, obsidian, smoky quartz, garnet, tourmaline, red quartz, and red jasper.
The root chakra is also responsible for the healing of your skeletal system and circulatory system, your bladder, kidneys, hips, rectum, adrenal gland, skin, feet, and legs.
When balanced: It helps you to understand that all things are connected. You become more grounded and stronger when facing uncertainty or adversity. You feel like you belong to a certain place or group. You are more secure and nurturing. You embody the Mother Archetype.
Unbalanced: You feel like giving up and you’re unable to cope. You feel as if you want to detach yourself from others. You exclude others and adopt a superior attitude. You tend to think that everyone is against you. You feel insecure. You embody the Victim Archetype.
The Sacral Chakra- Svadhisthana
The Sacral Chakra is located in the lower abdomen, above the navel. It governs our ability to experience adventures and connect with others, as well as the sense of pleasure, well-being, abundance, and sexuality.
The sacral chakra is responsible for your creativity and sexual energy. It helps us to understand and interpret others by looking within ourselves. It also recognizes the duality of yin and yang and how to deal with them properly. Doing so helps to heal emotionally.
When we activate the sacral chakra, we become better at handling finances, and we’re able to use our creativity for business and hobbies. We also become better at understanding our partner’s sexual needs.
Crystals Associated: Carnelian, Coral, and amber.
Musical Note: D
Spiritual Abilities: You have an ability to empathize and absorb the feelings of others.
Opening the sacral chakra is helpful if you have lower back problems, reproductive organ issues, lymphatic system issues, issues with the kidneys, bladder or large intestine.
When balanced: You embody integrity and respect in a relationship. You become highly creative, focusing on the enjoyment, pleasure, and sensuality. You channel the Queen Archetype who’s always in her element.
When unbalanced: You’re moody, manipulative, greedy, sexual addictions, and deny yourself pleasure. You have a tendency to become addicted to things easily. You feel more fear and guilt.
The Solar Plexus Chakra- Manipura
Located in the upper abdomen about the sternum, the solar plexus chakra governs our ability to be in control of life, as well as our confidence. It deals with issues of self-esteem and self-worth.
The solar plexus chakra empowers our self-esteem and provides us with a higher sense of self. It strengthens the honor and integrity one feels. It also relates to our mental energy as it gives us the capacity to make sound decisions. It connects you with your intuition at a gut level, and ensures that you are emotionally balanced.
Musical Note: F
Crystals Associated: Gold topaz, amber, citrine, gold calcite, orange quartz, and tiger’s eye.
Spiritual gifts: It provides you with a keen sense of sight, and strong intuitive gut instincts.
When balanced: You treat yourself with integrity and respect. You are confident in yourself. You are self-disciplined, brave, and generous. You honor your ambition, aren’t afraid to take risks, yet are able to make clear decisions. You have gut-level intuition and good ethics. You know your self-worth and where to direct your energy to get the most out of life. You embody the Warrior Archetype.
When unbalanced: You have low self-esteem, a lack of personal identity (chameleon), and you give too much to others. You may be narcissistic and need constant validation and reassurance from others. You embody the Servant Archetype.
The Heart Chakra-Anahata
The heart chakra is located just above the heart, in the center of the chest. This chakra governs our ability to love, as well as providing us with joy, peace, love, and healing. Its focus is on love, forgiveness, and compassion.
Colors: Pink and green
Musical Note: G
Crystals Associated: Rose quartz, moss agate, emerald, aventurine, green jade, tourmaline, and malachite.
Spiritual Gifts: Clairsentience, psychometry.
When balanced: You feel love, hope, forgiveness, and compassion for others. You have dedication, drive, inspiration, peace, humor, and kindness. You have the ability to connect with others on an emotional level. You are able to intuitively feel what others need. You embody the Lover Archetype.
When unbalanced: You suffer bouts of anger, jealousy, and resentment. You have a hard time forgiving others. You become secretive and alienate yourself from other people. You embody the Actor Archetype.
The Thymus Chakra
This is not a well-known chakra. It’s located between the throat and heart chakras. The thymus chakra brings you into the realm of unconditional love. It showers you with divine light, wisdom, and healing. Everything becomes clear to you and you are open to others. You accept people for who they are.
The thymus chakra is the gateway to the highest life path. It’s where your intent is born. When you’re angry, it is the thymus chakra that tries to stop you from saying something that you will later regret.
Colors: Aqua, green, and purple
Element: White fire.
Crystals Associated: Lapis lazuli, azurite, turquoise, and aquamarine.
Spiritual gifts: You become more attuned to the higher levels of consciousness. You’re capable of lucid dreaming. You have aspirations and love for divine light. You can easily realize your dreams and make them come true. Near instant manifestation.
Spiritual gifts from the thymus chakra come only when it is in balance.
When it’s unbalanced: You lack personal power. You’re easily manipulated by others. You reject spirituality and the help of others. You are closed to accepting advice, and you’re unable to express your feelings. You either feel that you are judged too quickly, or you judge others without knowing them.
The Throat Chakra- Vishuddah
The throat chakra is located within the throat. It helps us to communicate our message authentically and from heart. You become more creative, have willpower, and are able to make healthy decisions. You live up to your personal honor.
This chakra connects your mind and heart. It’s one’s ability to relate truth and feelings of self-expression. It tells you the truth of your soul. It opens up space for you to experience wisdom. It allows you to have those wonderful experiences that penetrate the soul and elevate you to higher planes of existence. It’s where the soul’s expression lies. Without the throat chakra, your soul is merely a shadow that resides within a physical vessel.
Color: Sky blue.
Musical Note: A
Element: Ether or space
Crystals Associated: Sodalite, aquamarine, amazonite, lapis lazuli, and turquoise.
Spiritual gifts: You have a clear and astute sense of hearing. You are able to hear spirits. You can speak to unseen forces. You can communicate telepathically.
When balanced: You have the power to uplift yourself through self-expression. You speak what your soul wants to say and your message is clear. You know how to get what makes you happy. You are clairvoyant and telepathic. You are the Communicator Archetype.
When unbalanced: You are inarticulate and become critical of other people’s advice, opinions, or actions. Your tongue is a sharp sword. You lash out at others. You lack the willpower to address problems or change things. You may lie or distort the truth for your own benefit. You may be uncooperative. You embody the Silent Child Archetype.
The Third Eye Chakra- Ajna
The third eye chakra is located between the eyes on the forehead. It gives us the ability to focus and see the bigger picture, and is related to our ability to think, wisdom, and intuition at a spiritual level.
The third eye chakra is also our center of visions, intellect, and higher intuition. When it’s activated, you have the ability to see and talk to spirits. You are more sensitive to sounds, motion, and other happenings that are not of this world.
It governs the wisdom from everything you have experienced in this world. You trust your higher powers and you align yourself with the powers that you don’t see.
Color: Violet or indigo blue.
Musical Note: D
Element: Spiritual energy
Crystals Associated: Amethyst, lapis lazuli, and fluorite.
Spiritual gifts: You are gifted with inner knowing intelligence. You know yourself fully. You have the gift of telepathy, astral projection, and clairvoyance.
When balanced: You have the power to focus on your life. Your imagination is heightened, and your more aware of your past life/lives. You embody the Wise Person/ Sage Archetype.
When unbalanced: You feel bored and uninterested in things that you normally do. You become judgmental and overly critical of others. You think too much. You lack the imagination to create things. You dismiss intuition. You embody the Intellectual Archetype.
The Crown Chakra- Sahastratha
The crown chakra is located at the top of the head. It governs one’s connection to his/her spirituality, along with an inner and outer beauty. It unifies and connects us with our Higher Self and our spiritual consciousness. It opens and connects us to higher dimensions, making one an enlightened being.
When the crown chakra is active, your spiritual awareness is awakened and you are attuned to the universe. You live in the present, and you have no emotional baggage that ties you to the past. You know when to let go.
Colors: White, gold, and purple.
Musical Note: G
Element: Photon and cosmic energies
Crystals Associated: Clear quartz and selenite.
Spiritual gifts: Telepathy, channeling, and clairvoyance.
When balanced: You can heal the pain in some parts of your spinal cord, brain, and pineal gland. You embody the Guru Archetype.
When unbalanced: You are materialistic, dogmatic, and depressed. You embody the Egoist Archetype.
The Soul Star Chakra
This chakra is a spiritual chakra located between 1-3 feet above the head. It’s filled with an intense light that’s reflected in other chakra points. The soul star chakra is responsible for the incarnation of the soul. It also provides the spiritual energies for the soul, so that we are reminded of our destiny and purpose.
Crystals Associated: Selenite or Lemurian seed crystals.
Through the soul star chakra you can connect with God and know that you have a higher purpose in this world.