Throughout time, many have meditated using their connection to the energy centers in and outside of the body. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of ways to awaken, harness, release, and connect to your own energy through meditation. The most popular and most pervasive is the chakra meditation known as chakra tuning or chakra toning.
The traditional Indian healing system known as Ayurveda teaches that the chakras are the energetic junction points connecting our local domain world of form and phenomena with the nonlocal realm of the unmanifest. The traditional Indian healing system known as Ayurveda teaches that the chakras are the energetic junction points connecting our local domain world of form and phenomena with the nonlocal realm of the unmanifest. The ancient Vedic texts of the later Upanishads, a core philosophical scripture of Hinduism, state that there are 108 chakras in and outside of the body. There are seven main chakras within the body that are said to be the energy centers. They radiate like wheels of light outward from a point on the physical body and through the layers of the subtle body (mind) and causal body (spirit) in an ever-increasing, fan-shaped or heart-shaped formation. These points are thought to be the focal points for the reception and transmission of our vital life force energy, known as prana in Sanskrit.
The seven main chakras are aligned in a column that begins at the base of your spine and extends to the top of your head. They’re located symmetrically up your body, each of them spaced a distance of approximately seven fingers from each other, which is one hand and then two additional fingers from the tailbone to a bit below the navel, to the center of your chest (called the solar plexus), to your heart, to your throat, to the third eye (an inch or so above your eyebrows), and then to the crown of your head.
To activate, open, release, or expand your chakras, you “tune” them by bringing your awareness to them, envisioning the color of the chakra, connecting to its particular intention, and then repeating the vibration or mantra associated with the chakra.
Learn more about chakras and how to open each one to tune it in my book “Secrets of Meditation.”