The Chakra System

The Chakra System

The word "chakra" has its origin in Hindu texts, derived from the Sanskrit word "cakra" meaning "wheel" or "turning." In Buddhism, it is the Pali word "cakka" in the sense of "circle." The word refers to the spiraling vortices of energy found in the human body.

These vortices are points of intersection of life force or cosmic energy along the spinal column[1]. These centers of bioenergetic activity are found emanating from the major nerve ganglia branching forward from the spinal column. They are also associated with major endocrine glands. Each chakra has its own unique frequency vibration, harmonic pattern, specific color, and serve as energy transformers providing sequentially stepped-down energy to various hormonal, physiological, and cellular process in the body[2],[3].

Each chakra influences the organs and all other systems within its energy field. The chakras resonate with various aspects of the human experience from the urge and preservation of life, to life's unfolding, self-empowerment and individuation, to the capacity for unconditional love, expression, comprehension, to the longing for union with the Cosmos.


  1. Eastern Body, Western Mind : Psychology and the Chakra System as a Path to the Self, Judith Anodea, Celestial Arts, 1996, p.5
  2. Vibrational Medicine, Richard Gerber, Bear & Company, 1988, p.128
  3. Extraordinary Vessels, Kiiko Matsumoto and Stephen Birch, Paradigm Publications, 1986, p.6