You know you are more than your body, that you are an energy being, timeless and expansive. How does that energy become the “we” that we see? Part of the explanation comes from an understanding of the energy body. Our physical bodies receive energy through seven major energy centers or chakras. Each of these energy centers corresponds to a layer of our aura or biofield. Inside our bodies, the chakras correspond to a gland. And each chakra is associated with some basic physical and emotional issues, both positive and negative.

Energy flows into our system from the crown chakra and circulates through all of the other chakras, typically in the back and out the front. Energy is stepped down, layer by layer, as it circulates through the biofield or aura, eventually making its way into the etheric sheath, the layer of energy that envelops the physical body, and from there to the physical body itself. Nothing exists in the physical that doesn’t first exist in the etheric. The health of our body is directly related to the flow of energy through our etheric body and the health of the etheric body is directly related to the flow of energy through the six other chakras and their respective layers of the aura.

The first or root chakra corresponds to the etheric sheath. The root chakra is located just below the perineum. It is associated with the adrenal glands, which are the masters of the “fight or flight” response. Root chakra imbalances, then, often involve either chronic stress or flightiness, a lack of grounding. The issues typically associated with the root chakra include survival issues and the will to live, inherited beliefs, some sleep problems, and groundedness. When the root chakra is fully functioning, our body receives a harmonious flow of energy and we are grounded.

The second or sacral chakra is located at the top or the sacrum, about two inches below the navel. This energy center is related to the astral or emotional body, what we often think of as the inner child. The astral body forms the second layer of the aura. The glands associated with the sacral center are the reproductive glands. Not surprisingly, then, issues associated with the sacral center include sexual issues, emotionalism, relationships, and money issues. This center has a lot to do with relationships, and creating harmony or disharmony. When the sacral center is clear and fully functioning, it will be the clear reflection of the light of the soul.

The third chakra is the solar plexus center, and is located in the area of the diaphragm. This center is related to the ego or lower mental body which forms the third layer of the aura. In terms of the glands, the solar plexus corresponds to the spleen and pancreas. The issues associated with the solar plexus center include judgments and criticisms, separativeness, and an “us vs. them” mentality. It is also the seat of stress. When the solar plexus is fully functioning and clear, it will be turned upward in service as the ego is aligned with the Higher Self.

The fourth chakra is the heart center and is located right at the middle of the chest. This energy center connects the energy of the fourth layer of the aura and corresponds to the thymus gland, which is important in regulating immune function. Opening the heart chakra includes self-forgiveness and self-love and releasing past hurts. When the heart chakra is open and fully functioning, we are connected to our Higher Self and open to group consciousness, understanding that what is good for one is good for all – and when one is hurting, all are hurt. The third and fourth chakras are directly related to one another; when the third is over-energized, it drains the fourth.

The fifth chakra or throat center is located at the base of the throat. It is associated with the thyroid gland which runs our metabolism. This chakra is all about communication: speaking our truth, connecting to our Soul, and manifesting. Issues associated with the throat center can be over-active (angry outbursts, for example) or under-active (unable to speak up for ourselves). Throat center imbalances also are implicated when we are not clear about what to do or how to move forward. When the throat is fully functioning and open, we are able to effectively and harmlessly speak the truth, and we are connected to our Soul and able to create or mainfest. The fifth and second chakras are directly related; when there is over-activity in the sacral center (emotional body) our throat center is drained (unable to communicate, know our path, or connect to the soul).

The sixth chakra is called the ajna center and is located at the middle of the forehead. It corresponds to the pituitary body, which runs the endocrine system. When this center is fully open, it functions as the Third Eye, opening our awareness to the Buddhic plane, the center of intuition and the sixth layer of the aura. For now, the ajna center contains the recapitulation of all the energy from the lower centers. Imbalances in the sixth chakra typically happen when we are too much “in our heads”.

The seventh or crown chakra is located above the top of the head. Energy pours into our system via the crown chakra and circulates through the other chakras. This chakra is associated with the pineal gland and the seventh layer of the aura. It connects us with the Monad or Spirit and opens us to what is sometimes called Christ consciousness, or universal consciousness.