Chakras are like cities situated on the spine, which is like a motorway that links them. Chakras vitalize both the physical and subtle bodies. They act as nodes for the intelligent energy which flows through them along pathways called Nadis. A Nadi is a channel for energy that connects chakras. The three main Nadis are called Shushumna, Ida and Pingala. They govern our empathic and instinctive responses. The Ida and Pingala nadis relate to the two hemispheres of the brain. Pingala corresponds to the left brain, and Ida to the right brain. The Sushumna corresponds with the spinal cord.
The Cadeuceus, the symbol of healing, represents the Sushumna and the Nadis. At the top of the staff rests a shining sphere or a pine cone, which represents the pineal gland and the crown chakra. Each chakra has a specific mood. Meditation on each one will reveal its mood or “felt sense”. When this felt sense is achieved the next step is to use it to help us achieve mental, emotional, and physical balance, through the practice of mindfulness.
The function of each chakra relates to specific components within the body, these include the adrenal glands, certain spinal vertebrae, groupings of nerve pairs, and the pituitary and pineal glands:
In the diagram below we see the relationship of the Platonic Solids to the classical elements and the chakras. In Tibetan systems the Base combines with the Sacral chakra in the Earth element, while the Brow is combined with the Crown in the Aether element. Think of the picture as a subtle anatomical map for crystal therapists. What crystals would we use with regards to chakra positioning, and why?
The Tibetan Buddhist stupas called chorten were ubiquitous features of the free Tibetan landscape. As well as housing holy relics they symbolise the five elements. Geometrically the chorten seen from above represents the squared circle, an exercise used in geometry to map the Phi ratio, or the Golden Mean Section. This was used in art, music and architecture. The golden mean is present in nature in the patterns of the Fibonacci spiral, seen everywhere, from plants to seashells to galaxies.
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