CHAKRA ALIGNMENTS Continued
The chakras play a vital functional role in our physical body and in our normal subjective consciousness. The chakras are the means by which the functions of the all of the vehicles, including our physical body, are carried out. The actual functions and attributes of the chakras with regard to our physical body is an involved topic. Also, the functions of the chakras is not simply physiological, but psychological as well. Thus, when discussing the chakra's functions we are relating physiological functions with psychological behaviors.
These chakras, or energy centers, function as pumps or valves, regulating the flow of energy through our energy system. The functioning of the chakras reflects decisions we make concerning how we choose to respond to conditions in our life. We open and close these valves when we decide what to think, and what to feel, and through which perceptual filter we choose to experience the world around us.
The root and belly chakras are related to generative and sexual functions.
The navel chakra is related to digestion.
The heart chakra is related to the heart and circulation.
The throat chakra is related to the lungs and the voice, including the ears, nose, and throat.
The third eye chakra is related to vision, the eyes, and the pituitary gland.
The crown chakra is related to the brain, and especially the pituitary and pineal glands.
In terms of psychological functions, the three lower chakras are related to our raw emotions and biological instincts ranging from sexual desire and hunger, into passion, anger, pleasure and joy and other relatively simple emotional states. The four higher chakras are related to higher cognitive states. Thus the heart chakra is related to empathy and understanding. The throat chakra is related to vocal expression, hearing, and the ability to communicate. The third eye chakra is related to discriminative
cognition and the ability to understand. And the crown chakra is also related to understanding and comprehension, but as well serves as an integrative factor, and is thus related to the gestalt nature of the mind.