The Crown chakra is like an energy cone that extends upward and outward from the top of the head. It is associated with pure consciousness,
and may be considered to be our spiritual connection to the higher realms. The Crown chakra functions in conjunction with the Pineal gland,
which is the "master gland" of the endocrine system. Although the Pineal gland functions primarily through the other endocrine glands, it itself
secretes melatonin and serotonin which are related to the circadian rhythms of the body.
The Brow chakra extends outward toward the front from a point midway between the eye brows. The focal point of this chakra is directed
inward toward the photo-receptor cells of the Pituitary gland. The Brow chakra, functioning in conjunction with the Pituitary gland, is
traditionally referred to by the mystics as the "third eye", because this is the seat of our inner vision (clairvoyance).
The Throat chakra is located in the throat area. It is bi-directional in that it extends out toward the front, and also out toward
the back. It is associated with the Thyroid gland. Mystics have long associated the Throat chakra with the function of
clairaudience (inner hearing). It also is associated with creative expression.
The Heart chakra is located in the center of the chest, in the vicinity of the heart. It can be viewed as a "link-pin", linking the upper
three "spiritual" chakras with the lower three "human" chakras. Like the Throat chakra, it is bi-directional, extending both the front and
to the rear of the body. It is associated with the Thymus gland, which plays a key role in our immune system.
Solar Plexus Chakra
As the name implies, the Solar Plexus chakra is located at the solar plexus, which is about 2 inches above the naval. It is referred to by
the mystics as the "power center" of the body. The solar plexus is also our emotional center. This chakra is associated with the Adrenal
glands, a pair of glands with one located just above each Kidney. The Adrenal glands are related to the energy reserve system of the body,
and play an active role in the "fight or flight" response.
The Sexual chakra is located in the lower abdomen, and is associated with the gonads (testicles in the male and ovaries in the female). The
Sexual chakra plays an important role in our reproductive instincts. And it is also associated with the sexual pleasure centers of the
body (penis in the male and clitoris in the female).
The Base chakra is located at the base of the spine (sacrum). This chakra is a grounding force that enables us to connect to the Earth
energies and empower our being. It is closely related to the survival instincts of the body, and also our ability to be "present" in
the here and now.