Intensifying Your Energy Centers: The Power of the Chakras

I was first introduced to Chakra Energy a little over a year ago.  My Heru (or better half) had stumbled upon some information about Chakras on his quest for spiritual knowledge and I was pleasantly surprised when he shared his findings with me.    In short:

“Throughout our body we have main energy centers, which are connected to major organs or glands that govern other body parts. Each of these main energy centers are referred to as chakra–chakra is a Sanskrit word which means wheel. A chakra is a wheel-like spinning vortex that whirls in a circular motion forming a vacuum in the center that draws in anything it encounters on its particular vibratory level.”

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Having this new knowledge was crucial to my own spiritual growth, as it served as a way to heal years of blockage, and underlined a new awareness that I had already been working to develop in myself.  It was all starting to make sense.  I was quite conscious of the flow and transference of energy, but what I didn’t fully understand was that specific energy is concentrated in distinct areas, and could be enhanced or diminished simply by concentrating on certain areas.  Having this new insight on [chakra] energy then gave me the power to improve my overall well-being, including the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of my existence.

Below you will find an article published today at the Huffington Post, which discusses what is perhaps the introduction of four new Chakras (up from the seven with which we are most familiar). This isn’t news however, as there are perhaps hundreds of Chakras actually working within each of us.  But what is profound is that the introduction of these four could give us a new way to approach specific energies that could be holding our physical selves in captivity.  New thought–as pointed out by Leah T (thanks)–maybe an explanation is needed about the difference between the Solar Plexus Chakra mentioned below and the original Solar Plexus, as well as a detailed breakdown of the difference between Third Eye and the Forehead Chakra?   With the combination of the following article, as well as the information found at, there is real potential for exponential growth.  And what’s more empowering is that this is a walk you can take solo.  No need for a guru, or instructor to maximize the flow of energy.  This power is found on the inside of you.  Please take some time exploring, and other websites, books, and materials.  You really have nothing to lose. 

In Love, Truth, and Positive Energy,


Author of the new spiritual women’s novel, ‘Downward Dog, Upward Fog’

The 7 Chakras You’ve Heard Of.. And 4 You Haven’t

Posted: 11/4/11 09:13 AM ET

When I began studying yoga more than 20 years ago, I learned that there were seven chakras — those energy centers that run from the base of your spine to the top of your head. They are important because properly spinning chakras (the Sanskrit word for “wheel”) balance the body’s energy flow.

Having seven chakras always made sense to me, especially since experts talk about toning each with one of the seven notes of the major scale or the seven colors of the rainbow. And, as chakra maven Margaret Ann Lembo, author of “Chakra Awakening,” explains, descriptions of the seven are found in such cherished ancient Indian texts as the “Vedas” and the “Yoga Sutras of Pantanjali.”

So imagine my surprise to recently learn from an esteemed energy healer that there are actually 11.

Master Stephen Co, founder of the U.S. Pranic Healing Center outside L.A., is an energy healer sought out by such spiritual luminaries as Wayne Dyer, Marianne Williamson and Iyanla Vanzant. He’s the author of “Your Hands Can Heal You” and, more recently, “The Power of Prana” — where I first saw his mention of those extra “wheels.” Naturally, I had to call him up to learn more.

Co says his teacher, Grandmaster Choa Kok Sui, discovered the elusive four when he asked advanced clairvoyants to go step-by-step through the body and describe what they “saw,” and that he himself has been using them in his healing practice for years. He notes that the idea of 11 is not as far-fetched as it might seem: The mystical Jewish Kabbalistic system posits 11 “attributes of God” inside the body, and the Hindu “Upanishads” sometimes refers to the body as a “city with 11 gates.”

According to ancient Indian healing wisdom, any blocked chakra can lead to emotional imbalance or disease. Each center is said to energetically connect to an organ system, and is therefore linked to specific disease; goiter may be caused by sluggishness in the throat chakra, for example, lung ailments may mean something is amiss in the heart center.

Therefore, Co says, the widely known seven chakras are fine for people focused primarily on their spiritual development. But if you’re using the chakras for physical healing, as I sometimes do for myself, it might be worth taking these hidden four into account. (Please comment below on your thoughts about this.)

Here, Co explains what you may be overlooking:

Forehead chakra. Located in the center of the forehead at the hairline, this chakra is the true seat of the mystical third eye, not the lower “ajna” chakra between the eyebrows, Co says. Intuition, nervous-system regulation, memory issues, physical paralysis and epilepsy can all be treated here. Although trained healers can carefully stimulate this chakra, such an opening can be extremely powerful; instead, Co advises most people should let it blossom on its own, such as by going inward in meditation.

Solar Plexus chakra. This chakra, with both a front and back entrance, may be the cause of your high cholesterol, diabetes, arthritis and ulcers. The front opening is in the hollow area just below the sternum; the back on the spine behind it. It’s especially important to keep this chakra clear, as it plays an important role in balancing emotions. One clearing technique is to make gentle, sweeping motions down from the heart through the solar plexus, “as if you’re removing gray smoke or mud,” Co says. It’s also crucial to express your emotions; new repressed ones will just clog it up again.

Meng Mein. Located on the back, between the kidneys (on a direct line with your belly button), this chakra is the source of many back problems, kidney problems and high blood pressure. Clearing it is important, since (as with Chinese healing systems), fear is stored here. Be careful about adding energy to this chakra, which can cause blood pressure to soar. Rather, Co advises, clear the area with a daily “lavender/salt shower.” During your morning shower, rub a handful of salt mixed with up to 10 drops of lavender oil in a counterclockwise circular motion (picture the clock painted on your body, facing out). Leave it on for a few minutes, then wash away.

Sex chakra. Different from the “sacral chakra,” which some say also covers the sex organs, this chakra sits lower, behind the pubic bone. In addition to its effect on the sex organs (and such problems as menstrual cramps or impotence), this chakra also feeds creativity and is the site of writer’s block and autism. Meditating on the color white is a way to gently clear those obstructions. I will say that I tried this the other day, and when afterwards I sat at my computer, the words easily flowed.

Meryl Davids Landau is the author of the new spiritual women’s novel, “Downward Dog, Upward Fog,” which was recommended by Yoga Journal Buzz Blog and the “Science of Mind” national newsletter. ForeWord Reviews calls the novel “an inspirational gem that will appeal to introspective, evolving women.” Read excerpts at Meryl also writes for “O: the Oprah Magazine,” “Whole Living,” “Reader’s Digest” and other national magazines.

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  1. Leah T.

     /  November 4, 2011

    I have to admit to being a little stumped by this. I’ve been working with chakras for many years, and two of the “new” chakras (Solar Plexus and Sex, which I learned as Root) are part of the original 7 as I learned them, and as shown in the chart in this post. The other two are familiar — there are hundreds of large and small chakras in the body — but this is the only source I’ve ever heard say the forehead chakra is the “true” third eye, so take that with a large grain of salt. The Meng Mein is a focus of TCM, not usually taught in Western chakra systems for various reasons, but far from “new” or unknown.

    • Leah,

      Thanks for your insight. As I mentioned in my post, I’m relatively new to the wisdom behind Chakra Energy, but it’s always good to hear from others who have more experience. I actually thought the Solar Plexus was it’s own Chakra (one of the original 7), and the areas the article says it covers fit almost to a T with that of the original Solar Plexus. Not sure how this is new…

      I’m not really sure of the difference between Western (vs. other, TCM?) Chakra Systems, but if you don’t mind pointing those of us interested in the direction with which your receive your wisdom, it would be most appreciated! Again, thank you!


      • Leah T.

         /  November 4, 2011

        The short tale is that most Western systems focus entirely on the 7 chakras familiar to most of us, with the occasional addition of the chakras in the palms and on the soles of the feet. You’d actually be hard-pressed to find a popularly-published book in English that goes beyond those because of how prevalent the system of 7 is. I actually learned about the chakras through Reiki and Pranic Healing training, and Anodea Judith’s books are very useful as well.

        Other systems, depending on their goals, may use a dozen or more, or even hundreds of chakras, large and small. No one system is inherently better or worse than any other in my experience, just more or less complex. TCM = Traditional Chinese Medicine, by the way. Sorry about that one; old abbreviation habits die hard!

      • Leah, thank you for that introduction! I have glanced at Reiki healing, but haven’t given it much time. It’s fascinating to me how much info/wisdom overlaps, and part of the purpose of this blog is to bring it all full circle! No worries for the abbreviations, I appreciate you taking the time to break it down for me! I will have to google Judith’s books!

  2. Also Leah, I wonder if you could pose your thoughts on the original post?

    • Leah T.

       /  November 4, 2011

      I’d rather not, frankly. That author (whose books are actually quite good) has an army of “can do no wrong” followers, and I’m not inclined to get enmeshed in a slap-fight over the internet with them.

      • I hear you loud and clear! Please know that this forum is a place were thoughts can be freely expressed, even if they are disagreeable. It is the way in which we express ourselves that truly matters! I feel you not wanting to walk into the fire LOL! It’s unfortunate but a reality…

  3. Leah T.

     /  November 5, 2011

    “It’s fascinating to me how much info/wisdom overlaps…”

    I’ve studied or at least taken an interest in several energy healing methods over the years, and what I’ve mostly taken away from that is that the energy itself is the same in all of them, no matter what name it’s given (chi, ki, reiki, prana, pneuma…). It’s the systems that are different, and that’s not a bad thing. There’s a system for almost any way of seeing the world (systematic, free-flowing, in-between) and any faith/spirituality or absence thereof. I’ve ended up with a mash-up of Reiki and Pranic Healing, all pretty free-form, that’s worked well for me and even patiently waited through my recent questioning of all things spiritual only to come flowing back when a loved one needed it.


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