Chakra is a Sanskrit word that means "wheel.” A chakra is a wheel of energy that spins around its own axis and can spin quickly or slowly. A chakra will spin in relation to the energy level of your system.
Where will you find these chakras? They exist within us all. In the same way that we have a physical body, we also have a subtle body. Our chakras are parts of a large network of subtle energies.
Today we know that living cells from humans, animals and plants give off invisible energies. Simple groups of living tissue emit a sort of light (aura) that can be seen in Kirlian photography (electrophotography). Specialized groups of cells that make up organs create more organized energy patterns.
The 7 Centers of Energy
The human body's system consists of sensory, breathing, circulation, digestion, reproduction and secretion. There are six corresponding chakras for these bodily functions. The brain and the whole “being” also have one chakra, for a total of 7 major chakras. These chakras are situated at the top of the head, forehead, throat, heart, solar plexus, the navel, and at the bottom of the pelvis. Every chakra has a corresponding organ in our physical system.
The chakras change energy from one level to another by distributing ki, or “life energy,” (also called chi or prana, depending on the belief system) to the physical body. This is partly done through the endocrine system that regulates other systems in the body. The endocrine system plays a major role for the body's daily health. The glands of the endocrine system release hormones directly into the blood stream and control all aspects of growth, development and daily activities. Each chakra also corresponds to one of the major glands in the body.
Physical problems are often the result of a blockage in the energy flow in the system, made up of meridians and chakras, causing the organs or glands to not function properly.