The first chakra has four petals. These petals correspond to Matter (body, possessions), Energy (life, health), Space (experience of immediate environment), and Time (personal history, memory). Concepts associated with the activity of this chakra are balance, homeostasis, harmony, and orientation. Its purpose is to create a foundation of reality, and to safeguard individual survival.


The second chakra has six petals. These petals correspond to Culture (preservation of cultural rituals, learning of expected rules for social behavior, marriage and courtship customs), Courtship (attraction of the sexes, dating and romantic behavior), Sexuality (Coitus, lovemaking), Intimacy (bonding as a couple, honest communication, idealization and realistic knowing of the other), Division of Labor (assigning gender and family roles, setting limits, delegating family responsibilities), and Parenting (disciplining, nurturing, providing the necessities of life for, teaching, modeling, imparting values, listening and being present for one’s children). Concepts associated with the activity of this chakra are family relations, sexuality, intimate relationship, and transmission of skills and values for living. Its purpose is parenting, the procreation, education, and raising of children.


The third chakra has ten petals. These petals correspond to the executive functions of the adult, and the skills used to earn livelihood. They may be described by verbs, to Lead (motivate self and others, conceive goals and strategies), to Manage (direct self and others to achieve goals), to Finance (maximize resources, to allot and procure resources to reach goals), to Sell (persuade others to purchase or commit to a product, service, or set of values), to Organize (coordinate resources, people, and logistics to produce a product or deliver a service in an efficient manner), to Design (package a product or service in a way that it is desirable by others), to Communicate (let others know about one’s intentions, needs or desires, or about one’s product or service), to Inspect (analyze, critique, insure adherence to standards of quality or to rules, policies or laws), to Develop (to invent, build prototypes for, model, test a product or service), and Produce (provide the support and/or physical labor required to manufacture or fabricate a product, or to deliver a service). Concepts associated with the activity of this chakra are Manifestation (actualizing goals), Success (achieving goals), Profit (Realizing financial gain), and Winning (beating competitors). Its purpose is to assure livelihood for the family, to fulfill a role as a worker in society, and to contribute money and labor to the larger community or society in which one lives.


The fourth chakra has twelve petals. Its functions can also be defined as verbs, to Enrich (eradicate poverty, to provide shelter, clothing and the means for livelihood), to Feed (to relieve hunger and thirst), to Educate (to combat illiteracy, lack of cognitive, vocational and social skills), to Comfort (to provide safety, to assuage emotional pain, and to reach out to the tormented), to Guide (to eliminate ignorance and confusion and to give direction), to Teach (to disseminate spiritual concepts, to remedy ignorance about faith, scripture and the Divine Nature), to Evangelize (to lead others to wisdom, love, and salvation), to Heal (to remove physical infirmity and suffering), to Prophesy (to reveal intuitive truth and moral guidelines), to Reform (to overcome social injustice), to Change (to counter political injustice), and to Emancipate (to attack racial, sexual, and other types of personal injustice and to stop cruelty towards humans, animals, plants, and the Earth). Concepts associated with the activity of this chakra are Advocacy, Caring, Empathy, and Understanding. Its purpose is to express Compassion, to overcome injustice, to build community and solidarity, to unify the broken tribes of humanity, and to minister to human needs.


The fifth chakra has sixteen petals. Its functions represent the expression of the Soul’s abilities in human life, and can also be be described by active verbs: [The Emotional Skills] to Teach (to illumine and teach spirituality), to Guide (to counsel and teach wisdom), to Understand /Empathize (to do psychotherapy and guide an individual back to wholeness), to Move (e.g., dancing, sports, drama, martial arts); [The Sensory Skills] to Hear (e.g., composing and playing music), to Feel (to develop an exquisite sensitivity to life and experience), to Smell and Taste (e.g., Perfume maker, Chef), to See (e.g., painting, sculpture, fabric design, interior design, contemplation of beauty); [The Mental Skills] to Study (e.g., scholarship, discerning meaning, introspection and self-study), to Investigate (to analyze, to reason, to obtain detailed knowledge), to Concretize (the Scientific method of inquiry, to synthesize study and empirical data into hypothesis, to mathematically model, to test one’s truths), and to Visualize (to design and invent by making a mental model); [The Intuitive Skills] to Imagine, (e.g., to tell stories, to express humor, to write poetry, to write a fiction novel), to Explain (e.g., Philosophy, to write a non-fiction novel), to Know (intuitional apprehension of reality, psychic ability), and to Initiate (to activate higher will, to empower others). Concepts associated with the activity of this chakra are Expression of the Soul, Exploration, Growth and Development of Ability. Its purpose is Creativity, making the human personality a conduit for the impulses of the higher unconscious (Superconscious), and service to others.


The sixth chakra has two petals. It is active and passive, yin and yang. It brings skillful attunement to the rhythms of life and nature, with their ebb and flow of light and dark, day and night, Winter and Spring. Concepts associated with the activity of this chakra are Intuition, Attunement, Inner-Direction, and Illumination. It synthesizes the urge to activity, work and service, with the inward life of self-inquiry, insight, and meditation. Its purpose is Inspiration, the breathing of the Soul’s life and intention into the mind, the incubation of the ideas which spawn creativity, ministry, work, and new possibilities of relationship.


The seventh chakra has one thousand petals. It represents learning the Lessons of Life. The individual achieves resolution of problems by overcoming them through the struggle of experience, and through completion and fulfillment of the desire tendencies of the mind. The opening of this chakra dissolves Karma and bestows Liberation. It frees the mind from attachment and clinging. It brings into expression of the innate virtue of the Soul. Its purpose is wisdom.


The eighth chakra is beyond symbol and metaphor. It is the Soul’s knowledge of itself, transcendent to the mind and personality. It is Being untrammeled by mind, by the tenuous spider webs of belief, by the dancing images of thought. Concepts associated with the activity of this chakra are Existence, Consciousness, Bliss, and Eternality. Its purpose is Gnosis, Realization, and Enlightenment.

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