The word chakra comes from the Sanskrit, meaning “spinning wheel”. In a sense, this explains the role of the chakras – rotating energy vortexes of incoming and outgoing energy (think of the in breath and the out breath) or energy moving from one
frequency to another in spiraling fashion.
Each chakra holds up to 12 energetic gateways. It is through these gateways that information and energy flows back and forth.
While there are numerous chakras, there are 12 primary chakras of your physical body, which are held in a central light pillar through your central column – soul star, crown, third eye, throat, heart – upper heart, lower heart, solar plexus, naval, sacral, base, link, earth star, earth heart.
Often you may even close down some of the gateways to avoid receiving information or energy from another person.
The information from your energy bodies is received through the gateways of your chakras and then is filtered to your mind, body and personality. They are also linked to sound, light and color.
When any of your chakras becomes blocked or unbalanced it will affect the others. Each chakra deals with different emotions and issues, therefore, it may cause blocks in your physical body including illness, disease, depression and emotional and spiritual problems in your physical reality.
The above information is a basic account of the chakras. There’s so many books on this topic if you’re interested in learning more. Here’s two recommended books below: