Theory of Chakras within Human Body in Buddhism & Hinduism

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What Exactly Chakras Do in Human Body?

The theory of the Chakras within the human body first originated in Hinduism and Buddhism. The word ‘Chakra’ originates from the Sanskrit language and literally means ‘wheel’. The momentum that life creates in our body is through the spinning of these Chakras. If these Chakras, which have seven centers starting at the end of the spine and running to the top of the head, are aligned with each other, the body and the mind of a person is in a healthy state. However, even if one of the Chakras is out of line, the mind-body balance goes out of whack.

Introspection helps us know what we do and why we do it. We start understanding what stimulus causes what reaction and we might help ourselves by controlling them. Emotions do not define us and instead of them controlling us, we end up controlling them. When it comes to the self, we think we know it all. We are over-confident and usually think there is no room for improvement. Although we have all sorts of external and internal battles, we wave them off and get on to our daily lives. We give ourselves the least important out of our list of daily chores when it should actually be the other way around.


Chaotic “Monkey” Mind

A chaotic mind takes up as much space and energy in the mind as it does in the body. Think of a storeroom with messy storage items all over the place. You probably see space between furniture because of the irregular placement but there is no physical way to fit in any new thoughts. The messy room is actually your mind with stressful thoughts. There is no space to process your feelings, negative or positive, let alone any space for new thoughts.

However, when this same room in your mind, if you may, is emptied, you realize all its potential and space. You now feel like you have an empty canvas where you can paint any picture of your choice. The control lies all in our palms. This freedom and liberty to do as you wish to have an impact on your entire life. This leads to the much-warranted inner peace that was unavailable earlier due to the rattling instruments inside your mind that probably not only kept you up at night but also kept you away from focusing on what is important for your personal growth and self-understanding.


Self Understanding and Self Observing

The first step to self-understanding is to observe yourself from a different perspective. Self-observing capabilities are different from those of our emotional, physical, and thinking capabilities. The observing self has the capacity to detach itself from your other capabilities and experience them. It observes in real-time the emotional, thinking, and physical selves. This brings in the objectivity factor. As mentioned above, it helps you analyze how you react to certain situations and helps explain each reaction. This increases one’s self-awareness.

There are two types of awareness. Internal awareness and external awareness. Internal awareness is being aware of your internal processes. What you are feeling, why are you feeling it and when are you feeling it. You can evaluate your values, thoughts, and emotions in real-time. On the other hand, external awareness is all about being aware of your environment, immediate or distant. It is how people see us in the light of the same aspects as we do under internal awareness.

As humans, we can oftentimes be single-minded. When this happens, we divert all of our attention to a focused list of aspects of ourselves. We lose the bigger picture. This is a deceptive move humans tend to face and is called the Introspection Illusion.

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