Everyone has heard it before, the word "chakra". Often understood as mystical, non-physical energy centers in the human body.
But what exactly is a chakra?
Why are there different energy systems with different numbers and colors of chakras?
Which energy system is right or wrong and why?
What does working with chakras do?
Is there such a thing at all or does it only exist in the imagination?
I will now get to the bottom of these questions.
The meaning of the word:
The Sanskrit word Chakra means energy wheel. It is an energetic nodal point in the human body.
Depending on the system (for example: Buddhist, Hinduist, Taoist, Egyptian ...) the idea of an energy body has four, five, seven, or even more or less chakras.
Various Energy- and Chakra systems:
Over the centuries and millennia, different systems and techniques have evolved in different cultures to work with the energy of the human body.
Mostly used spiritually, energy work techniques are also used for health, healing and other purposes.
In my opinion, there is no right or wrong, because the reality of the chakras is above all in the perception of the individual and the respective system and is not based on fundamental facts such as the biology of the body.
In fact, there are some similarities between the sometimes very different energy systems, which are related to functions and facts of the physical body.
I will discuss this in more detail later, but first I would like to give you two examples of the relativity of the various chakra and energy systems.
Different religions and spiritual paths often describe enlightenment very differently and the paths to it are also very different. Therefore, one can assume that the word enlightenment actually means and represents different things and goals depending on the particular way.
However, in the schools of Tibetan Buddhism, enlightenment is very clearly and uniformly defined.
In the two Buddhist Tantras "Chakrasamvara" and "Guhyasamaja", however, different lengths of the central channel and different colors of the chakras are described and used in the meditation practice.
Based on this example, I want to substantiate the fact that there is no right or wrong, and that different methods have been developed for people's different needs and preferences to achieve a goal. From the point of view of Vajrayana Buddhism, the practice of both Tantras can lead to full enlightenment.
Another example relates to the statement that the left half of the body is female and the right one is male.
Something that is often used at the end of a Qi Gong training is to place both hands on the Dan Tian (Energy Center four fingers below the navel). Buddhist Qi Gong masters teach that as a man, first place the left hand on the stomach and the right one above it, as this is the way the "female" should be strengthened. For women, the reverse applies.
When I was at a workshop with Master Lam Kam Chuen, however, he taught that all people, women and men alike, should always place their right hand on their abdomen and the left over it. This is because he teaches healing methods as well as principles according to which one draws energy with the left hand and releases energy with the right hand. Since one wants to bring the energy into the center and does not want to take it away, he teaches his students to always have the right hand under the left.
Based on this example, it is also very clearly visible that the effect depends primarily on the practitioner's imagination and a concept (which also has useful effects in the respective system) and is not based on any universal fact.
The chakras and energy systems and the physical body
Really all just imagination or biomechanical processes?
Some people claim that the chakras are not in the physical body and have nothing to do with it. To be honest, that's not right.
There is a consciousness that is undoubtedly not physical and independent of the body,