The Whole Self: Chakra Associations For The 21st Century


by Ken Fields - Date: 2007-02-04 - Word Count: 1031 Share This!

The word "chakra" is from the classical Indian language of Sanskrit. It translates as "wheel" or "disk" and signifies basic energy centers in the body. Each of these centers correlates to major nerve ganglia branching forth from the spinal column. In addition, the chakras also correlate to levels of consciousness, archetypal elements, developmental stages of life, colors, sounds, body functions, and much, much more. The innovative outline below not only provides a variety of associations for the chakras but also includes two additional chakras bringing the traditional seven chakras to a total of nine chakras. Additionally, this model presents a picture of "the whole self" as a complex system of "selfs" which operate together organically and simultaneously. Individual consciousness (level four as depicted in the model described in this article) is generally occupied with the energies and activities of the lower levels; however, the higher levels are equally active and available to the individual consciousness.

The first chakra is white. White is brilliance. It represents purity, innocence and cleanliness. It is considered a healing color and is often worn by doctors and nurses. White can also represent reverence, simplicity, humility, youth, winter, snow, goodness, clinical and sterility It's location is the root chakra at the base of the spine. It aligns with the skeletal system of the body. This chakra/color relates to the seat of the Primordial Self and is associated with the sense of movement. The theme for this level is exploration.

The second chakra is red. Red is fire. It relates to strong emotions, passion and high energy. Red can symbolize excitement, speed, strength, danger and aggression. Pink symbolizes the same themes, but softer such as romantic love and flirtation. Red is related to the second chakra in the sex organs and aligns with the muscular system of the body. This chakra/color relates to the seat of the Biological Self and is associated with the sense of taste. The overall theme for this level is nourishment.

The third chakra is orange. Orange is a hot color and can represent energy, balance, warmth, enthusiasm, flamboyance, and demanding of attention. Orange is related to the third chakra in the overall pelvic region and aligns with the elimination system in the body. Brown and gold are derivatives of orange and represents the ideas of earth, hearth, home, the outdoors, comfort, endurance, simplicity, and comfort. It can also represent greed and fanaticism. This chakra/color relates to the seat of the Geographical Self and is associated with the sense of smell. The overall theme for this level is education.

The fourth chakra is yellow. Yellow is a warm color and can symbolize joy, happiness, optimism, idealism, dishonesty, cowardice, deceit, illness, and hazard. Yellow is related to the fourth chakra at the abdominal/navel center and aligns with the digestive system in the body. This chakra/color relates to the seat of the Individual Self and is associated with the sense of touch. The overall theme for this level is domestication.

The fifth chakra is green. Green is a cool color and can represent nature, the environment, good luck, youth, vigor, jealousy, envy, and wealth or misfortune. Green is related to the fifth chakra at the heart center and aligns with the circulatory/respiratory system in the body. This chakra/color relates to the seat of the Cultural Self and is associated with the sense of sound. The overall theme for this level is participation.

The sixth chakra is blue. Blue is often considered a cold color. Blue colored light can help reduce fever. Blue symbolizes peace, calm, stability, security, loyalty, sky, water, technology, and also depression. Blue is related to the sixth chakra at the throat center and aligns with the endocrine/glandular system in the body. This chakra/color relates to the seat of the Spiritual Self and is associated with the sense of sight. The overall theme for this level is service.

The seventh chakra is purple. Purple is detachment, which can appear to be cold. Purple can represent royalty, spirituality, nobility, ceremony, mystery, wisdom, and enlightenment. It can also represent cruelty, arrogance, and mourning. Purple is related to the seventh chakra at the third eye center and aligns with the central and peripheral nervous systems of the body. This chakra/color relates to the seat of the Systemic Self and is associated with the sense of sequence. The overall theme for this level is knowledge.

The eighth chakra is black. Black is space. It is the absorption of all colors, all light. Black is the color of night - and death. It represents absolute silence and can also represent "evil" and "negative energy." Black can also be a color of elegance or class (such as a black-tie only event, and black evening gowns.) Black can also represent ideas such as power, sexuality, sophistication, formality, wealth, mystery, fear, unhappiness, depth, style, sadness, remorse, anger, and mourning. Black compliments all other colors, often as an accent. Black is related to the thousand petaled lotus chakra at the very top of the head - the gateway to transcendental consciousness beyond all material senses. Black is related to the whole body as a comprehensive all inclusive system. This chakra/color relates to the seat of the Universal Self and is associated with the sense of transcendence. The overall theme for this level is comprehension.

The ninth chakra is silver/gray which is a blend of black and white. It is a neutral color and represents security, reliability, intelligence, stability modesty, maturity, conservation, old age, sadness, and boredom. Gray relates to the whole brain ranging from the inner confines of the primordial synapses to the complexities of the neocortex. This chakra/color relates to the seat of the Ecological Self and is associated with the sense of complexity. The overall theme for this level is integration.

The eighth and ninth chakras are unconventional and together could comprise what might be considered a 10th chakra - an energy without center that spreads across the galaxies from the beginning of time and space into an unending future. One might refer to this level as the seat of the Whole Self and associated with the sense of awe. The overall theme would be mystery.

For those who like to meditate upon the chakras, a delightful chakra-mandala coloring book is available at http://openmindcounseling.com/coloringbook1.htm


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Ken Fields is a nationally certified, licensed mental health counselor. During the past 25 years, he has helped individuals, couples, families and groups address a variety of issues ranging from spiritual malaise to children with autism. He has been a meditation instructor, a family therapist, a crisis intervention counselor and an administrator at a human service agency. Currently, Mr. Fields provides communication coaching and online counseling at http://www.openmindcounseling.com

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