The Ultimate Guide to Chakras and Energy Systems
As powerful centers of subtle energy, the chakras have fascinated humanity for thousands of years. Llewellyn's Complete Book of Chakras is a unique and empowering resource that provides comprehensive insights into these foundational sources of vitality and strength. Discover what chakras and chakra systems are, how to work with them for personal growth and healing, and the ways our understanding of chakras has transformed throughout time and across cultures.
Lively and accessible, this definitive reference explores the science, history, practices, and structures of our subtle energy. With an abundance of illustrations and a wealth of practical exercises, Cyndi Dale shows you how to use chakras for improving wellness, attracting what you need, obtaining guidance, and expanding your consciousness.
"In one thoroughly researched and beautifully written book you can learn...what it took ancient seekers a lifetime to uncover."Steven A. Ross, PhD, CEO of the World Research Foundation and author of And Nothing Happened...But You Can Make It Happen
"A shining constellation of timeless wisdom and brilliant insights on chakras. This groundbreaking book is an essential conduit to whole-self healing."Dr. Deanna Minich, founder of Food & Spirit
"Expertly researched, well written, and easy to understand. The go-to guide for understanding subtle energy systems."Madisyn Taylor, bestselling author and editor-in-chief of DailyOM
"Cyndi's exploration of cross-cultural systems is stunningly complete...Very impressive."Margaret Ann Lembo, author of Chakra Awakening
About the Author
Cyndi Dale (Minneapolis, MN) is an internationally renowned author, speaker, healer, and business consultant. She is president of Life Systems Services, through which she has conducted over 65,000 client sessions and presented training classes throughout Europe, Asia, and the Americas. Cyndi is the author of more than a dozen books, including Llewellyn's Little Book of Chakras, The Spiritual Power of Empathy, and Awaken Clairvoyant Energy.
Table of Contents
Contents Introduction 20 Section 1: Chakra Fundamentals and Basic Practices 26 Part I: What Are Chakras? A Pocket Guide to Your Body’s Points of Light 27 Chakras: One of the Three Subtle Energy Systems of the Body 28 Chapter 1: Your Spinning Wheels of Light 31 What Is a Chakra? 33 Chakra Structure 36 What Does the Spin of a Healthy Chakra Look Like? 40 The Three Main Functions of the Chakras 42 Deeper into Chakras and Energy 51 A Scientific Perspective of Chakras 54 A Thumbnail History of the Chakras 58 Subtle Energy Across Time 60 A Snapshot of the Chakras 66 Chapter 2: What Is Kundalini? The "Rainbow Serpent" That Activates Our Chakras 72 The Rainbow Serpent: Climbing the Chakra Ladder 74 The Sheaths of Enlightenment 78 The Love Story of the Chakras: Shiva and Shakti 79 The Benefitsand Challengesof a Kundalini Awakening 82 Part II: The Hindu Chakra System 89 Chapter 3: The Stories Inside You: The Hindu Chakra System 91 What’s in a Chakra? 92 The Development and Activation of Our Chakras 99 The Chakra Powers: Psychic Senses and the Siddhi 105 An Outline of Contemporary Psychic Abilities 110 Psychology, Personality, and the Chakras 114 Chapter 4: MuladharaThe First Hindu Chakra 118 Most Familiar Sanskrit Name and Meaning 119 Other Names 119 Location 119 Purpose 121 Color 121 Chakra Activation 121 Associated Gland 123 Body Parts Managed 124 Predominant Sense and Sense Organ 124 Action Organ 124 Vital Breath 124 Related Diseases 124 Psychological Functions 125 Associated Archetypes 126 Personality Profile 126 Deficiencies and Excesses of the First Chakra 126 When the First Chakra Is Balanced 127 Muladhara Symbols: The First Chakra Yantra 129 Muladhara’s Component Parts 130 Cosmic Realm or Plane 131 Ruling Goddess(es) 131 Ruling God(s) 132 Ruling Planet 132 Granthi (Knot) 132 Intuitive Abilities 133 Subtle Body Partners 134 Chapter 5: SvadhisthanaThe Second Hindu Chakra 137 Most Familiar Sanskrit Name and Meaning 137 Other Names 137 Location 138 Purpose 139 Color 139 Chakra Activation 139 Associated Gland 139 Body Parts Managed 140 Predominant Sense and Sense Organ 140 Predominant Sense and Sense Organ 141 Action Organ 142 Vital Breath 142 Related Diseases 142 Psychological Functions 142 Associated Archetypes 144 Personality Profile 144 Deficiencies and Excesses of the Second Chakra 144 When the Second Chakra Is Balanced 145 Svadhisthana Symbols: The Second Chakra Yantra 145 Svadhisthana’s Component Parts 145 Cosmic Realm or Plane 148 Ruling Goddess(es) 148 Ruling God(s) 149 Ruling Planet 150 Granthi (Knot) 150 Intuitive Abilities 150 Subtle Body Partners 151 Chapter 6: ManipuraThe Third Hindu Chakra 153 Most Familiar Sanskrit Name and Meaning 153 Other Names 154 Location 154 Purpose 154 Color 155 Chakra Activation 156 Associated Gland 156 Body Parts Managed 156 Predominant Sense and Sense Organ 158 Action Organ 158 Vital Breath 158 Related Diseases 158 Psychological Functions 159 Associated Archetypes 160 Personality Profile 160 Deficiencies and Excesses of the Third Chakra 161 When the Third Chakra Is Balanced 161 Manipura Symbols: The Third Chakra Yantra 161 Manipura's Component Parts 162 Cosmic Realm or Plane 163 Ruling Goddess(es) 163 Ruling God(s) 164 Manipura's Ruling Planet 164 Granthi (Knot) 164 Intuitive Abilities 165 Subtle Body Partners 165 Chapter 7: AnahataThe Fourth Hindu Chakra 168 Most Familiar Sanskrit Name and Meaning 168 Other Names 169 Location 169 Purpose 170 Color 171 Chakra Activation 171 Associated Gland(s) 171 Body Parts Managed 172 Predominant Sense and Sense Organ 176 Action Organ 176 Vital Breath 176 Related Diseases 176 Psychological Functions 176 Associated Archetypes 177 Personality Profile 177 Deficiencies and Excesses of the Fourth Chakra 178 When the Fourth Chakra Is Balanced 178 Anahata Symbols: The Fourth Chakra Yantra 178 Anahata’s Component Parts 179 Cosmic Realm or Plane 180 Ruling Goddess(es) 180 Ruling God(s) 180 Ruling Planet 180 Granthi (Knot) 180 Intuitive Abilities 181 Subtle Body Partners 182 Chapter 8: VishuddhaThe Fifth Hindu Chakra 187 Other Names 188 Location 188 Purpose 188 Color 188 Chakra Activation 188 Associated Gland 189 Body Parts Managed 190 Predominant Sense and Sense Organ 191 Action Organ 191 Vital Breath 191 Related Diseases 191 Psychological Functions 191 Associated Archetypes 192 Personality Profile 192 Deficiencies and Excesses of the Fifth Chakra 193 When the Fifth Chakra Is Balanced 194 Vishuddha Symbols: The Fifth Chakra Yantra 194 Vishuddha’s Component Parts 195 Cosmic Realm or Plane 196 Ruling Goddess(es) 196 Ruling God(s) 196 Ruling Planet 198 Granthi (Knot) 199 Intuitive Abilities 199 Subtle Body Partners 200 Chapter 9: AjnaThe Sixth Hindu Chakra 203 Most Familiar Sanskrit Name and Meaning 204 Other Names 204 Location 204 Purpose 204 Color 205 Chakra Activation 205 Associated Gland 205 Body Parts Managed 211 Predominant Sense and Sense Organ 211 Action Organ 211 Vital Breath 211 Related Diseases 211 Psychological Functions 212 Archetypes 212 Personality Profile 213 Deficiencies and Excesses of the Sixth Chakra 213 When the Sixth Chakra Is Balanced 213 Ajna Symbols: The Sixth Chakra Yantra 213 Ajna's Component Parts 215 Cosmic Realm or Plane 215 Ruling Goddess(es) 216 Ruling God(s) 216 Ruling Planet 216 Granthi (Knot) 216 Intuitive Abilities 217 Subtle Energy Partners 218 Chapter 10: SahasraraThe Seventh Hindu Chakra 225 Most Familiar Sanskrit Name and Meaning 226 Other Names 226 Location 227 Purpose 227 Color 227 Chakra Activation 227 Associated Gland 228 The Pineal Gland: Sahasrara's Endocrine Gland 228 Body Parts Managed 239 Predominant Sense and Sense Organ 239 Action Organ 239 Vital Breath 239 Related Diseases 239 Psychological Functions 240 Archetypes 241 Personality Profile 241 Deficiencies and Excesses of the Seventh Chakra 242 When the Seventh Chakra Is Balanced 242 Sahasrara Symbols: The Seventh Chakra Yantra 243 Sahasrara Component Parts 247 Cosmic Realm or Plane 249 Ruling Goddess(es) 249 Ruling God(s) 249 Ruling Planet 250 Granthi (Knot) 250 Intuitive Abilities 250 Subtle Body Partners 251 Kundalini Matures: An Overview 256 Part III: Fundamentals of Chakra Medicine 260 Chapter 11:Why Are Chakras Important? The Benefits of Chakra Medicine 263 The Far-Reaching Benefits of Chakra Medicine 264 Chakra Medicine: Your Lexicon of Terms 276 Chapter 12: Chakra Medicine Methods I: Preparation and Analysis 280 The Chakra Medicine Building Blocks: From "A" to "Z" 281 The Four Intuitive Styles 290 Locating the Chakras 292 Evaluating Issues Through the Chakras 294 Chapter 13: Chakra Medicine Methods II: Healing 312 Chakra Cleansing 313 Pulling Out or Moving Chakra Energy 319 Energizing or Charging the Chakras 321 The Light Wand: A Universal Sewing Kit 322 Aligning the Chakras 323 Beliefs and Your Chakra Anatomy 326 Chapter 14: Chakra Medicine Practices: Eastern Methods 335 The Yamas and Niyamas: The Importance of Living a Clean Life 335 Pranayama: The Breath of Spirit 337 Mudras: Signs of the Soul 345 Making Use of the Eyes 353 The Four Bandhas 356 Chakra-Focused Asanas 358 Chapter 15: Chakra Techniques: From Mantras to Gemstonesand Everything in Between 368 Mantras and More: The Music of the Spheres 368 Yantras: The Shapes and Colors of Light 372 Reiki Symbols for Your Chakras: Another Form of Yantras 377 Archetype Healing Through the Chakras 379 Homeopathy as Chakra Medicine 381 The Power of Flowers 383 Chakra Flower Essences, Gemstones, and Oils 396 Section 2: Chakras in DepthHistorical, Scientific, and Cross-Cultural Understandings 405 Part IV: The History of Chakra Knowledge Through the Lens of Ancient India 407 Chapter 16: Ancient Vedic Scripture: The Four Canons 409 The East Indian Backdrop: The Four Main Vedic Scriptures 410 Dating the Vedic Canons 413 The People Behind Vedic Scripture: Who Was There "In the Beginning?" 416 A Key Philosophy of the Vedic Scriptures: The Yugas 420 The Rig Veda and the Chakras: The First Appearance 424 Echoes of the Vedas in Other Parts of the World 426 The Evolution of the Hindu Gods 428 Chapter 17: Chakras Taking FormDivining Three Movements from the Upanishads and Other Early Sacred Texts 434 Ancient Tantric and Yogic Developments: A Brief History in Relation to Orthodox Hinduism 436 The Upanishads: Vedic Underpinnings of Chakra Magic 441 The Earliest Upanishads: Roots of Chakra Consciousness 446 Mid-Range Upanishads 451 Non-Vedic Texts from Ancient Times 461 Chapter 18: Following the Light of Tantra and Yoga 465 What Is Tantra? 466 A History of Tantra 470 A Closer Look at the "Hands" and Divisions of Tantra 475 A Review of Vedic "Versus" Tantric Traditions: Differences and Similarities 478 A Sketch of Yoga 480 Part V: The Science of Subtle Energy 487 Chapter 19: Your Energy Primer: Understanding Physical and Subtle Energy (And a Few Matters in Between) 490 Critical Definitions 492 A Primer on Energy: Toward a Working Definition 495 The Apple Universe: Classical Physics 498 Laws of Classical Physics 513 The Orange Universe: Quanta and More 516 Laws of the Orange Universe 517 Toward Explaining Subtle Energy 522 The Multidimensional Model: Subtle Levels Between the Physical and Heavenly 545 Did Earlier Peoples Harness Subtle Energy? 548 Chapter 20: Chakras as Part of the Subtle Energy Anatomy 555 The Big Picture: Meet the Family of Subtle Energy Structures 556 The Subtle Channels 557 The Energetic Fields 574 Energy Bodies in Addition to the Chakras 581 A Snapshot of the Energetic Anatomy 593 Chapter 21: The Science and Structure of Chakras 596 Chakras as Psychophysiological Organs 597 Chakras and Fields and Frequencies 614 Chakras and Embryonic Development 636 The Structure of the Chakras 641 Chapter 22: Kundalini RisesThe Chakra Serpent 650 Kundalini in Indian Literature: The Mother of Love 651 A Homeward Journey 654 The Stages of the Kundalini Climb 655 Kundalini in the Body: The Science of the Shakti 682 Beyond the Science: The Snake as Transcendent 697 Part VI: Chakra Systems of Asia 701 Chapter 23: Chakra Systems of India 703 The Kriya Yoga System: Of Chakras and Kshetras 705 The "Spock" Points: Ayurvedic Marmani and the Chakras 708 Shaivism: Hinduism Emerging from India 717 Guru Gorakshanath: A Nine-Chakra System 727 Chapter 24: Tibet: Indian Tantra Meets Buddhism 732 Buddhism: A Backgrounder 732 Tibetan Buddhism and the Channel Wheels 739 Meeting the Medicine Buddha: The Tibetan Buddhist Medical System 747 Channel Wheels Versus Chakras: Differences Between Systems 751 Kalachakra Tantra: Stars Across Time 755 Himalayan Bonpo: A Tibetan Energy System 766 Chapter 25: Other Asian Chakra Systems 771 Taoist Alchemy and the Microcosmic Orbit 772 Reflexology and the Chakras 783 Zen: Meditation Buddhism 784 The Korean Chakra System 786 Thai Massage and Energy Lines 791 From Japan: Shiatsu 791 Kubota Healing System: A Chakra Blend 793 Choa Kok Sui: Pranic Healing 794 Part VII: Ancient Chakra Systems Across Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and the Americas 797 Chapter 26: The African Continent 800 The Kamitic Tree of Life 802 Early Egyptian Energetics 803 Zulu Energy Bodies 809 The Yoruba Chakra System 810 Chapter 27: Chakra Systems of Old Europe 817 Scandinavian Chakras: The Vikings Go Esoteric 818 Celtic Chakras 822 Greek Chakras 823 Traditions Related to Greek and Other Western Thought 830 Christian Chakras 836 Chapter 28: The Middle East 840 Zoroastrian Chakras: The Holy Immortals 842 Sufi Chakras: The Lata'f 849 The Jewish Kabbalah and Sephiroth 857 Chapter 29: Chakra Medicine in the Americas 864 North American Chakra Medicine Concepts 865 Hopi Chakras 866 The Tsalagi (Cherokee) Energy System 869 The Sioux Nation: Energies of Spirit 873 The Iroquois: "The Mystic Potence" 874 Intertribal Centers of Higher Knowing 875 Mesoamerican Chakra Systems 878 Huichol Indians and the Light of the Gods 880 The Ancient Mayan Chakra System 884 South American Chakras: The Andean Chakra Systems 889 Part VIII: Modern Western Chakra Systems 914 Chapter 30: Early Western Mystics and Esoteric Orders 918 A Profile of Paracelsus: A Mystical Light Bridging East and West 918 A Foundational Esoteric Order: The Rosicrucians 921 The Order of the Freemasons 932 The Early "Easterner:" Johann eorg Gichtel 935 Swedenborgiasm: Representing the Spiritual World 940 Mesmerism: Of Hypnotherapy and Animal Magnetism 942 Homeopathy: Like Cures Like 943 Odinism: Nature’s Unceasing Natural Force 944 The Golden Dawn 944 Manly Hall Integrates ChakrasAcross Time 945 Spiritism: Communicating with the Dead 947 Chapter 31: The Theosophical Society 949 An Early Theosophist: Helena Blavatsky 950 The "Soul" Theosophist: Alice Bailey 955 Charles Leadbeater: Theosophical Giant 970 Chapter 32: Chakras Come of Age in the West 990 The Later "Easterner:" Sir Arthur Avalon 991 Education and Beyond: Rudolf Steiner 993 The Association for Research and Enlightenment (A.R.E ) and the Sleeping Prophet 1002 The "Fourth Way:" The Subtle Anatomy Opens a New Path 1010 Psychology Opens Its Doors: Carl Jung 1010 The New Age: The Culminating Movement 1014 Chakra Psychology: Christopher Hills 1017 Putting It All Together: Anodea Judith 1019 Spiritual Traditions Front and Center: Carolyn Myss 1021 NASA Scientist Describes Energy: Barbara Ann Brennan 1027 East Is West: Donna Eden and David Feinstein, PhD 1030 Chakras Around the Body: My Own Twelve-Chakra System 1034 David Furlong: Adding an Earth Chakra 1037 Katrina Raphaell et al: Transpersonal Chakras Make a "Stand" 1038 The Subtranspersonal Chakras 1039 The Hara Line 1040 Chakra Changes over Time 1045 Part IX: Chakras "Et Cetera:" Natural and Unusual Chakras 1048 Chapter 33: Chakras in Nature 1050 Chakras and the Earth's Songlines 1052 What Do Earth Chakras Look Like? 1064 The Effects of Earth Chakras 1065 Earth Chakra Systems 1068 The Keys of Enoch: Chakras and The Egyptian Mysteries 1074 Crop Circles and Other Metaphysical Earth Art: Images from the Stars? Or … 1076 Of Earth and Sky: Rudolf Steiner's Astrogeographia System 1079 Animal Chakras: The Energy of Our Earth Friends 1083 Twenty-one Minor Chakras 1085 Bud Chakras 1085 Chapter 34: The New and Unusual Chakras and Chakra Systems 1086 Unusual Chakras: A Sign of Times to Come? 1087 The Expanded Twelve-Chakra System 1095 Amazing Energetic Bodies 1103 Emerging Systems of Kundalini 1111 A Final Note: An Emerging Paradigm of Unified Energetics 1112 Conclusion: Your "Great Perhaps" 1114 Glossary Endnotes Index