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thanks so much kashish for this information =) I have worked with chakras a little bit but this was laid out beautifully thanks for the information <3 
"-You don’t have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body." 
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As some of you may know I run a small group and teach.
There are hundreds of chakras in our body. They are energy points and receptors, they all respond to light, colour, sound and other energies. the main chakras are the 7 chakras which run down the centre of our body. Our chakras are like a Lotus Blossom and are opening and closing gall the time. It is essential that we know how to open, close, cleanse and align our chakras. Many physical and mental conditions are caused by sluggish, or misaligned chakras. Reiki works through the Chakras and aura. ( am a Reiki practitioner)
Many courses teach people how to open their chakras, but very few teach how to close them, this also is essential. I teach both.
When your chakras are open you are susceptible too 'energy transfer' this is where someone else either consciously or not taps into your energy and absorbs it. Have you ever been in a crowded place and felt exhausted for no apparent reason? Energy transfer! You may also feel emotions or illness even because your chakras are open and absorbing negative energy from those around you. If you are going shopping even it pays to close your chakras.
we should take time to work with, and understand our chakras. Do exercises daily, if our chakras are not performing as they should, i.e. out of sinc, sluggish, out of line, etc. opening and closing each in turn, starting with the Root chakra and working up to the Crown will usually sort it out.
Just for interest here is a copy of the text which accompanies my practical course. I normally make a charge of £25.00 per head, but as the lesson is not requested, and I have sort of forced it on a distant audience, here it is. Anyone living close enough to me to attend the various courses and workshops can always contact me for details.
According to Hinduism and Buddhism, a chakra means an energy point or node in the physical body. There are many chakras in the body through which the life force. Chi, or vital energy moves. These vast pools of energy govern the psychological qualities of a person.
Among the several chakras, there are seven main chakras, four in the upper body that control the mental properties and three in the lower body that control the instinctual properties.
These chakras are arranged vertically along the axial channel.
Muladhara (Root Chakra)
Svadhishthana (Sacral Chakra)
Manipura (Solar Plexus Chakra)
Anahata (Heart Chakra)
Vishuddha (Throat Chakra)
Ajna (Third-Eye Chakra)
Sahasrara (Crown Chakra)
The chakras are connected to a certain colour as well as with some part of our consciousness.
A proper balance of all the chakras is important, as it contributes to a person’s well being.
If the chakras are not balanced, peace with oneself cannot be achieved.
Many times, some of the chakras are not open all the way, this is when you need to open the chakras.
There are many ways to open and close our chakras, and what people don’t realise that sound is as important, if not more so than visualisation when working with energies. Sound is a form of energy, and a vibration, and as all matter and energy has a unique vibration then it is logical that sound will resonate better with other vibrations and energies.
We are now going to look briefly at the eastern methods of opening chakras, this method is virtually the same in Hindu, Buddhist and Sikh meditations, so by using mudras, which are special hand positions that have the power to send more energy to particular chakras and specific sounds which when chanted cause a resonation in the body that can be felt at the chakra for which they are meant.
Some schools say start from the top and work down, others say work from the bottom up, I prefer the latter as we build up from a foundation. So starting from the bottom;
Muladhara, or the Root chakra, portrays the flower lotus with four petals. This chakra’s colour is red and it is located at the perineum, the base of the spine in the area of the coccyx.
This chakra is concerned with instinct, security and survival and also basic human potentiality and the sense of smell.
The Root chakra relates to the gonads and the adrenal medulla, which triggers the fight or flight response when survival is under threat.
Those who are nervous or scared need open this chakra to induce the feeling of stability and security.
How to open the Root chakra:
Ground yourself by standing up straight and relaxed for several minutes.
After grounding for several minutes, sit cross-legged if possible.
Allow the tips of your thumb and index finger to touch gently, in a peaceful motion.
Now, concentrate on the Root chakra and the colour red.
Chant the sound “LAM”, silently yet clearly.
Keep on taking deep breaths until you are completely relaxed.
Svadhishthana, also known as the Sacral chakra, portrays a white lotus within which is a crescent moon with six vermilion or orange petals.

This chakra is located at the lower abdomen, about two inches below the navel and two inches in. The colour of this chakra is orange.
The Sacral chakra is concerned with emotion and represents desire, pleasure, sexuality, procreation and creativity.
This chakra corresponds to the male testes or the female ovaries that produce the various sex hormones involved in the reproductive cycle. It is also related to, more generally, the genitourinary system and the adrenals.
As this chakra controls your feelings and sexuality, by opening it you can learn to be open to people and be passionate about your relationship with your partner. Plus, an imbalance in this chakra can contribute to compulsive or impulsive behaviour.
How to open the Sacral chakra:
Sit on your knees, with your back straight but relaxed.
Lay your hands in your lap, palms ups.
Put the left hand underneath the right hand, with the left palm touching the fingers of the right hand.
Allow the tips of the thumbs to touch gently.
Now, concentrate on the Sacral chakra.
Silently, yet clearly, chant the sound “VAM” until you are completely relaxed.
Manipura, also known as the Solar Plexus or Navel chakra, is located at the upper abdomen in the stomach area, right in between your rib cage.
The Solar Plexus chakra is symbolized by a downward-pointing triangle with 10 petals, along with the colour yellow.
This chakra is related to the metabolic and digestive systems. The key issues controlled by this chakra are personal power, fear, anxiety and introversion.
This chakra corresponds to the islets of Langerhans, groups of cells in the pancreas, as well as the outer adrenal glands and the adrenal cortex.
Those who have low self-esteem and confidence can benefit by opening this chakra. If you are indecisive or timid, try opening this chakra.
How to open the Solar Plexus chakra:
Sit on your knees, with your back straight but relaxed.
Put your hands in front of your stomach, slightly below your Solar Plexus.
Allow your fingers to join at their tops, all pointing away from you.
Keep the thumbs crossed and straighten the other fingers.
Now, concentrate on the Solar Plexus chakra.
Silently, yet clearly, chant the sound “RAM” until you are completely relaxed.
Other tips:
Anahata, or the Heart chakra, is located at the centre of chest just above the heart. This chakra involves issues like complex emotions, compassion, tenderness, unconditional love, equilibrium, rejection and well-being.
The Heart chakra is symbolized by a circular flower with 12 green petals known as the heartmind. This chakra is related to the colours green or pink.
This chakra is related to the thymus (located in the chest), which is an important element of the immune system as well as the endocrine system
Those who are having problems with relationships must open this chakra. By opening this chakra, you will be more compassionate and friendly, which are very important for good relationships and interactions with others.
Plus, blockage in this chakra can manifest in the form of immune system , lung and heart problems.
How to open the Heart chakra:
Sit cross-legged and keep your body and mind as relaxed as possible.
Allow the tips of your index finger and thumb to touch on both hands.
Put your left hand on your left knee.
Bring your right hand in front of the lower part of your breastbone.
Now, concentrate on the Heart chakra, located just above the heart.
Silently, but clearly, chant the sound “YAM” for about 10 minutes.
Other tips:

Vishuddha, also known as the Throat chakra, is related to communication and growth through expression. Physically it governs communication, emotionally it governs independence, and spiritually it governs a sense of security.
The Throat chakra portrays a silver crescent within a white circle, with 16 light or pale blue or turquoise petals.
This chakra is paralleled to the thyroid, a gland that produces thyroid hormones, responsible for growth and maturation.
This chakra is about self-expression and creativity, hence those who are shy and introverted should try to open this chakra.
How to open the Throat chakra:
Sit cross-legged and keep your mind and body relaxed.
Cross your fingers on the inside of your hands, minus the thumbs.
Allow the thumbs to touch at their tops, and pull them up a bit.
Now, concentrate on the Throat chakra, located at the base of the throat.
Silently, but clearly, chant the sound “HAM.” Keep chanting for about 5 to 10 minutes.
Ajna, also known as the Third-Eye chakra, deals with visual consciousness. Emotionally, this chakra deals with clarity on an intuitive level.
Symbolized by a lotus with two petals, this chakra is located near the centre of the forehead, a little above the eyebrows. It is represented by the colours violet, indigo or deep blue.
This chakra aids in balancing the higher and lower selves and trusting inner guidance. It also covers intelligence and observation
This chakra is linked to the pineal gland, a light-sensitive gland that produces the hormone melatonin that regulates sleep and waking up.
Those who are not very good at thinking for themselves, are prone to depression, rely on authorities or get confused easily would benefit highly by opening this particular chakra.
How to open the Third-Eye chakra
Sit cross-legged in a relaxed state of mind.
Put your hands in front of the lower part of your breasts.
Keep your middle fingers straight, touching their tops and pointing away from your body.
Keep the other fingers bended and touching at the upper two phalanges.
The thumbs should point toward you and touch at the tops.
Now, concentrate on the Third-Eye chakra, located a little above the center of the two eyebrows.
Silently, but clearly, chant the sound “OM”. Keep chanting until your feelings are intensified
Sahasrara, also known as the Crown chakra, is considered to be the state of pure consciousness. Within this consciousness, there is neither object nor subject.
Symbolized by a lotus with 1,000 multicoloured petals, this chakra is located on the top of the head, in the same place as the soft spot on a newborn’s head. It is represented by the colours violet and white
It involves issues such as inner wisdom and the death of the body. Its role is similar to that of the pituitary gland, which secretes hormones that communicate with the endocrine system and also connects to the central nervous system through the hypothalamus.
People who are not aware of spirituality or lack focus or direction in life should open this chakra. Blockage in this chakra can also contribute to psychological problems.
How to open the Crown chakra:
Sit cross-legged, keeping your body relaxed and mind at peace.
Put your hands in front of your stomach.
Allow your ring fingers to point up, touching at their tops.
Keep the rest of your fingers crossed, with the left thumb underneath the right.
Now, concentrate on the Crown chakra located at the top of your head.
Silently, chant the sound “NG” for about 10 minutes. Make sure you chant it clearly.
Warning: Never use this meditation for the Crown chakra while your Root chakra is weak.
How to Close Down Your Chakras
Your chakras are very responsive to your thoughts and intentions. So just by enacting your will alone, you can close down your chakras. But if you’re like most people, having a process or procedure can make things easier.
One method is to visualize your chakras as flowers. You can see them as seven flowers forming a column from the base of your spine to the top of your head. You can even choose the corresponding chakra colour for each flower. For example, you could choose a red rose for your root chakra, an orange tiger lily for the sacral charka and so on. When you want to close your chakras, see the petals of the flowers coming together and closing. To open the chakras, simply see the petals opening.
Another method is to visualize you chakras as camera eye shutters. Just like a camera eye adjusts to let different amounts of light in, you can adjust your chakra openings to let energy in. Play around with these methods and see what works best for you.
Remember, your chakras are powerful vortexes of energy. Protect them well and they will protect you!
Your chakras are always open, for the most part, but they may not be in optimal shape.  I’ve seen chakras that are blocked, sluggish, over active, and out of alignment.  These are all clues to psychical and spiritual health of people.  But no matter how your chakras are right now, you can fix them.
Here is a quicker and simpler way to open and close your chakras, you can use whichever you feel most comfortable with, or attracted to, it doesn’t really matter, but usually just the exercise of opening and closing will sort out any problems you may have.
Beginning with the root chakra imagine a red ball of energy spinning in a clockwise direction around an imaginary pole going through your body from head to toe.  Make the red ball of energy strong, clear, and powerful.  Sometimes people let their chakras pulsate with energy, sometimes chakras look like spinning galaxies, and sometimes they are cylindrical instead of in the shape of a ball.  All you’re really doing is activating the energy centre.  It will feel like you’re imagining it at first, but don’t let that stop you.  In time you’ll feel, see, or even hear a tonal sound when you spin your chakras.  Repeat the process with your second chakra (orange) and all the way up to your crown chakra (white or violet).
If you’re just going on about your day, imagine your chakras are the size of a ball, roughly 4 to 5 inches in diameter. 
Keep them inside your body, don’t let the light shine out of your body because your energy will touch the people with whom you come into contact.  Now, if contact is your goal or if you’re doing psychic reading work, increase the power and size of your chakras so that they are 12 inches in diameter and spinning outside your body.  Do not do this if you’re going out to work or the pub, or anywhere there are other people, you’ll end up picking up on other people’s negativity and bringing it home with you.
When you’ve finished your energy work, simply imagine your chakras contracting to the 4-5 inch diameter size, which is where they should be most of the time.  You can have them sit and pulsate instead of spin with power.  Just use the spinning to clear them and activate them.
One of the most important things to know about meditation, ironically, is that the ‘chakras’ should be consciously closed at the end. Yet, few people appear to understand this. The chakras naturally open during meditation or when people open up emotionally or spiritually, like in an intimate conversation. But they do not need to be open and, afterwards, they should be closed. We have to do this consciously. When we go out into the world, we unconsciously sense that it isn’t that safe and naturally close a bit, but not enough. Closing the chakras keeps one self-contained; sane, in other words. One can feel high, or buzzy, leaving them open but one can also become deluded. Negative people and spirits are likely to see our light, draw on our energy and influence us negatively.
Usually any grounding exercise, just as basic as sitting having a drink and a biscuit will close your chakras to a ‘normal’size, but sometimes it is necessary to consciously close your chakras for protection.
 Healing practices such as Reiki works through the energy centres, and so it is necessary to be able to sense the energy.
With company and a pendulum it is possible to test the energy of your chakras. First program your pendulum. Lie flat on your back and have your colleague hold his/her pendulum over each of your chakras in turn, asking the question 'is this chakra performing as it should' the pendulum will swing or rotate to give you an answer yes or no. Repeat this over all your chakras, then open and close your chakras using one of the above methods. Repeat the pendulum test and provided you have opened and closed correctly you should get a positive reading from the pendulum.
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