The word "chakra" is Sanskrit and it signifies a wheel, which is what you are immediately aware of when you first encounter them, or see them in a text someplace. The idea of the chakras is not new, and goes back to the dawn of humanity. It was however kept secret and only revealed to those few that were ready to learn of the mysteries of life and of the self. Today in the age of information the word chakra is almost common place, but how many of us really understand what they are or mean?
A chakra is an energy point in the human body/energy system through which power and life-force flow. There are literally thousands of these points throughout the body, but seven or eight of these have been the main focus of the student of the occult.
The description section discusses each of the eight chakra, their location, and how they would appear if you were to see them with the naked eye. The advanced section shows a general view of each chakra in relation to the human body and also a more 3-d view of what these amazing wheels look like. You will note that each chakra has a front and a back except the crown chakra, which only has one opening. The main energy conduit that connects all the chakras together is called the Hara line. It is an energy stream that nearly runs along with the physical spine. The panel in the middle is a breakdown of each of the eight major chakras and a more precise picture of what each looks like.
The chakras must be developed to look as they do in the description section. In an undeveloped state they are very small only about two inches (5 centimeters) in diameter and show as pale gray or even depressions in the aura. In a fully developed state they are vibrant and rotating quickly and are like small suns reaching perhaps 6 inches (15 centimeters) across. The crown chakra on a fully realized person can be as large as the entire head and even bigger on a Master.
The state of the physical body is in many times a reflection of the condition of a particular chakra. For example if a person has a heart condition many times a damaged heart chakra is the cause. Not that a real physical condition does not exist, for it most certainly may; however keep in mind that the state of your chakra will be reflected in the body. In theory, if you repair the damaged heart chakra, in time the physical condition would clear as well... or, in the least, after medical treatment, a repaired heart chakra will guarantee that the physical problem does not reoccur.
For more information on the chakras do a Search under the keyword chakra. And check the Glossary for a short definition and some links to other places on the web covering the topic.