Within our bodies, there are major centers of energy, through which the energy within our bodies flows in and out. These energy centers are known as energy vortices and are referred to as chakras (pronounced SHOK-ras), from the Sanskrit word cakra, meaning wheel.
It is common for most literature to refer to our seven main chakras. As I personally began to work with my seven chakras, I found that I “felt” other areas within my body that seemed to be ignored. As a result, I began to use the twelve chakra system. In reality, the human body has hundreds of chakras or energy points. Rather than being concerned with all of them or the difference between them and the pressure points commonly used in acupuncture, allow yourself to begin by accepting yourself where you are and working within your comfort level. Do not concern yourself if you do not immediately “feel” a difference. Do not concern yourself if you do not “see” the color that is most frequently associated with a particular chakra. I find that my third eye chakra has been various purple tones since the day I began to meditate; it is rarely ruby rose as the chart below suggests. This is one of the most important lessons to meditation and to self-healing; accept yourself without judgment, where you are, at the moment you are there. Expect change. Just do not receive differences or change with self-doubt or judgment - accept everything as positive energy.
In working with your chakras, there is a lot of visualization. Visualization is a very powerful form of meditation. (Please see the section on visualization). When working with your chakras, close your eyes and envision a large round ball at the location of the chakra with which you are working. I envision the ball expounding diagonally outward from my body into a sideways hourglass sphere with the energy flowing in and out of the sphere into my body.As I begin to work with each chakra, I “visually” check to make sure that particular chakra is whole, round, and a bright vivid color without any dull or dark areas. It is common to find one or more chakras in need of “cleansing”. I cleanse my chakras by envisioning pure white light coming from above my head, through my crown and into the chakra with which I am working. I visually remove any dull or dark areas and replace them with pure white healing light which turns to the color of the particular chakra. I also “fill in” any missing areas of the chakra which deplete it from being a whole, round circle by “repairing” it with pure white healing light which also turns to the color of the particular chakra with which I am working.